A positive look at the future, addressed to all women, and a tribute to the loyal Middle Eastern friends, given the participation on the catwalk of Ikram Abdi Omar, model of Muslim faith, famous for affirming herself in the fashion world by wearing the hijab – the traditional Islamic veil – with determination, even on the catwalk. The energy of color that characterizes the new collection can be seen right from Ikram Abdi Omar’s first exit, in a voluminous bubblegum-colored dress and a matching hijab.
Antonio Grimaldi abandons the softest shades and makes room for vibrant, powerful and bold colors. Magenta, fuchsia, electric yellow next to the ever-present black and white, tell about a joyful and disruptive world that draws inspiration from the work of the great American photographer Irving Penn. An all-round artist, interested in the many aspects of form and color. His rigorous and dry shots and images that have become iconic (such as the voluptuous black and white female nudes and the study of flowers’ colors) represent the creative impulse behind the new collection.
25 red carpet looks are going to be presented in the evocative hall of the Cardinal’s Gallery of Palazzo Colonna in Rome: mini-dresses and gala dresses with tapered lines and sheath dresses that are characterized by exaggerated volumes, where structured and full-bodied fabrics such as duchesse, taffeta and gazar are worked together with evanescent and light fabrics such as tulle and veils. The study and research of shapes continue towards sculptural and showy volumes with explosions and overlapping of fabrics that resemble the petals of flowers such as large taffeta sleeves becoming capes; tulle – also pleated – and veils that form long tails starting from the necklines.
The great protagonists of this new collection are the “all over” embroideries. No longer just a touch, but elements that give shape to the dress and are an integral element. 3D, geometric, metallic and crystalline embroideries at the hems like dew drops on flowers.
With their geometric designs, they emphasize bodices and leotards, embellishing and enhancing the silhouette. The color palette is enriched with new colors for the Maison with a riot of vivid and intense tones: pinks take on warm, vivid, deep nuances, such as magenta and fuchsia that coexist with orange and electric yellow.
Even feathers – rich and abundant and in various colors, sizes and shapes – contribute to characterize the collection: they sprout from the hems, like boas wrapping around the hips, on capes and spectacular headgear. Closing the show, again Ikram Abdi Omar, with a white hijab.