Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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PAST MEETS FUTURE
This innovative and focused spring collection demonstrates why Marco de Vincenzo recently won Alta Roma’s Who Is on Next? award. In his first foray into ready-to-wear after debuting with a Spring 09 Couture show, the former accessories assistant for Fendi carved out a clearly realized design aesthetic that marries historic art movements with with high technology. Laser-cut neoprene strips were fused onto silk jersey in geometric configurations like stacked blocks, chevrons, wavy lines and hexagons. The optical effect was part Ancient Greece, part Art Deco, but the treatment vaulted the motifs into modern times (along with the saw-toothed matching platforms). Intricate pencil skirts were paired with variegated dot-printed blouses or puckered knit sweatshirts that explored dimensionality in an accessible way. While many of the above ideas were present in his couture work, the designer also integrated fun rompers, activewear-inspired hoodies and slim, shirttail-hemmed “sweat-skirts” into his edgy yet sophisticated offering, proving that he is more than a one-trick pony.
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