Mmmm…. This was delectable. The Laura Biagiotti spring/summer 2016 collection featured on the Milan Fashion Week runway was pretty much too delicious to let by without a review. Creative director and daughter of Laura, Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna, is all about the woman residing in the girl and not the other way around, at least that is how it appears to us. She has the prettier, more appropriate pieces along with the more sensual, or deeply cut designs. She sees the collection as futuristic, where women are the protectors, their simple walk through the streets bringing with them “a touch of green, a touch of beauty, a touch of lightness, a touch of freshness.” The pieces themselves are very modern, contemporary and artistic in their manner.
Orchids printed over linen and over silk are a common theme throughout, while we see a whole slew of different kinds of fabrics appear. Inspirations come from the Italian renaissance, from the 16th century and the court of Catherine de Medici, a time where everybody coming to Italy was inspired to do something different and something quite contemporary. The designs of those times are the inspiration behind the pieces, with each made out of cutouts, exactly like some artists were doing with their works. The designs Lavinia wanted to use on the clothes were cut out and then were stitched and embroidered on the garments. There is amazing craftsmanship seen here and something that we can easily love as we watch the ladies sashay onto the runway. Some of Laura Biagiotti’s original dresses from back in the 1970s are also included in the spring 2016 line-up, modernized to fit the day’s needs but still very fashionable, no matter the time period.
“All we want to see are long, floating dresses; and even if they are short, they have to move with the body, they have to let the body spread energy all around,” states daughter Lavinia, who took over the company back in 2007. It is an interesting concept and not one we are adverse to either. We cannot agree more with all that is said by Lavinia, knowing full well from our own trip to Italy, Florence and Milan in particular, that the Medici influence is certainly one to be inspired by. Speaking about modernity however, it makes perfect sense to see some transparent looks as well among the more beautiful and chic designs, where the naked bodies underneath peek through. We, however, find the more covered designs all the more desirable, particularly the laser cut high neck, long sleeve midi dress with the hems of the skirts falling to just above the knee on the very tall model. We can imagine how that would look on our petite bodies instead.
As for the accessories of the Laura Biagiotti spring 2016 collection, well, what can you say? There is an emphasis on the gold it seems, with golden sandals and thin golden belts, while white, silver and red also reign supreme. Touches of pink make a pretty splash, while sky blue peeks out from under the long flowing skirts of the gorgeous dresses. Yes, this is certainly a collection we can easily come to love.
Photos courtesy of Vogue