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Marco de Vincenzo

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FEMININE FUTURISTIC

Milan: Even though S/S 2011 is only Marco de Vincenzo’s third ready-to-wear collection, his aesthetic already reads strong and clear. His designs are consistently dark and dramatic, yet pretty and romantic; the up-and-comer also is adept at creating unexpected earthy-techno and retro-modern juxtapositions. For spring, large-scale graphic floral prints replaced last season’s moody landscapes. Bright photorealistic orchids and hibiscus blooms were featured on basic knitwear, a few of which were covered in color-matched ostrich feathers, and a modern web-like motif filled wide stripes on black denim pieces. There were cute matched sets, each of which included a peplumed jacket or vest on top and slim bermuda shorts on the bottom. Trumpet skirts, secretary dresses, braided tan sandals and patch pockets with flap closures recalled fashions of the 70s, while neon colors and tiny all-over geometric patterns felt futuristic. Like many of his peers, de Vincenzo also included a few tennis-inspired items; his versions had contrast trims, pleated peplums and polo collars. Marco de Vincenzo’s combinations of darks, lights, drama and femininity result in looks that resemble no other designer. He is surely one to watch.

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