The famous Sardinian designer Antonio Marras has a tendency to make his pieces look intriguing, if not stunningly amazing. Italy has only gained with the maestro’s designs, making him well loved throughout the world of fashion. For his Antonio Marras spring/summer 2016 collection just newly presented on the Milan Fashion Week, he found a rather interesting source of inspiration being “a dreamy, visionary atmosphere where unusual and fearless combinations emerge and where unexpected relations and continuous metamorphosis take place,” as described by the house. The result is an array of opulently embellished clothing pieces perfect for special occasions.
There are fifty-three looks that we can see on the runway. That is fifty-three different outfits, in which each one seems to reflect a wholly different theme. What is common among them all is the fact that we see mostly earth colors, golds and greens and browns, white and red. We also notice that the hemlines of the skirts are generally below the knees, only a few shimmering pieces ending just above. It is in line with the trends we have noticed, certainly, considering the fact that 2016 seems to have a more conservative air to it, full of layers. The layers can also be seen here, in the mid-calf cropped suits with the long silk blouses underneath, the untucked and billowy nature of the whole of the line-up making us tilt our heads in curiosity. There are certainly good for a pregnant woman to wear if she wants to conceal her condition from the world. Then again, that first beautifully embellished sheath dress would hide just about nothing; it would, however, make her look royally pregnant – that is, if the material stretches to accommodate her size.
We find the khaki green colors used to be especially interesting. It appears as if one of the bigger trends for spring 2016 is indeed that very color, which makes us wonder what exactly the Pantone color of the year will be heralded as. In the meantime though, between the green, the gold and the white, with splashes of red and brown, we must say that the earthy look never seemed so appealing as it does now. We are especially in love with the gorgeous red dress with the embroideries and appliques along the chest region and the black belt cinching in the waist. Speaking about belts, we noticed quite a few of them throughout, including bronze colored thick versions and reddish hues, shimmering features and those that are not so easily to see from this distance.
Antonio Marras seems to like the more sophisticated woman, who is not afraid to experiment with her clothes. He loves the whole old meets new, traditional meets modern ideal, but we cannot say it is his best collection yet. On the contrary, we can think of a few Marras seasons where we were left thoroughly awed. This time, the Antonio Marras spring 2016 collection is lovely to behold, but the multiple layers make us feel sorry for the models, let alone have us covet it for ourselves. The whole collection was for the more mature woman with a slight love for adventure and a desire to look hip, despite her age. It almost seemed out of place at times, though a few pieces certainly had us thinking we might be seeing some of these on some celebrities, though probably not on the actual red carpet.
Photos courtesy of Vogue