Saturday, 14 May 2011

Roberta Furlanetto AW11

Roberta Furlanetto's Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is the perfect example of merging masculine and feminine influences, mixing hard shapes in leather with the softest chiffon ruffles to form exquisite pieces. Layering forms a key theme, with dresses layered over knitwear. Minimalist pieces sit amongst high impact, over the top ruffles. The collection sounds like a jumble of contradiction but together, it makes for a beautiful statement. 


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Roberta Furlanetto SS11 lookbook

It's taken me a long, long time to post about the Roberta Furnaletto SS11 collection, not because I didn't like it but because I didn't really know how to sum it up. The collection is a bit of a contradiction - colours are simple military hues (with a couple of surprising pinks) and it looks like it should be a fairly minimalist and utilitarian collection but out of nowhere there are ornate pleats, origami folds and pretty ruffles. It reminds me a lot of the Valentino x Gap collaboration, but this feels like a more comprehensive exploration of the contrast between pretty and functional, maximalist and minimalist. What do you think of the collection?


Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Roberta Furlanetto Autumn/Winter 2010-11

Italian designer Roberta Furlanetto's work reminds me a little of Madeleine Vionnet. The final pieces look world's apart, but their approach to fabric seems very similar. While Vionnet used draping to create amazingly elegant pieces, Furlanetto uses folds and pleats to create garments free of seams. Her Autumn/Winter 2010 collection has both sculptural, minimalistic pieces and gorgeously romantic dresses. They are as hard-working as they are beautiful, some of the jackets can be taken apart and transformed into a gilet or a bolero while some of the dresses with sleeves can be transformed into tube dresses. 

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