Fashion Diary by Alessandra Pellegrino

Super, as in supersonic, superb, superlative, superstar. These are the fashions I have decided to tell you about in this lightning-flash report. It goes straight to the new ideas, dreams and (mainly) the heart. Yes to eccentricity, to the unusual, to experimentation, to visions outside the box. This is the thread that ties my fashion diary together as I look for still-uncontaminated talent, a thrill, imagination, fluidity, eclecticism, and the ability to reinvent things, feelings and ideas. Fun and play are also fundamentals, because, what kind of fashion would it be without a touch of irony?

Andrea – The new surrealism is romantic-chic

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Young designer Andrea Bergamaschi seems to have stepped out of a Lewis Carroll book, as do her creations. The twenty-three years old, who recently graduated from the IED is presenting her second collection. Asia is the inspiration for blouses with ultra-embroidered collars, circle skirts, retro-romantic coats, pullovers and slacks with prints of carp and hands holding chopsticks – for sushi, of course – in a mix of surrealism and naïve. Japan versus Alice in Wonderland. 

Vernissage jewels – Psychedelic microcosm

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Siouxie Sioux’s aesthetics meets the over-the-top glam of David Bowie in Ziggy Stardust. The encounter takes place in a secret garden filled with bugs, frogs, flowers and animals. Ilenia Corti’s precious jewels are a hymn to art and nature sung in a dark key. Handmade by master goldsmiths, the Lysergic collection is dressing up in acid-tone enamels for the first time. Come into this world of fantastic fine jewelry and wander around mushroom rings, moth necklaces and surreal scenery. 

Carlo Volpi Knitwear – Textures in art

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The first thing to strike me was the mix of rich and electric colors that come together in Mondrian-type geometrics. Then, the more I look at it, the more I believe that this street culture-inspired knitwear would look great on English trendsetters. And it’s no accident: Carlo lives and works on London. This is his first women’s and accessories collection and he decided to make it in Italy.  Cutting-edge textures inspired by the Dutch art movement. Abstract, simple, contemporary. 

AntPitagora - Sculpture à porter

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Travel. Discover, snap and then get the decisive idea: designer Antonio Pitagora, who has worked with the big names, has decided to launch his own line and started with the idea of creating clothes (t-shirts first) printed with pictures he took of beautiful old doors in the Mediterranean area and around the world. It is a very sophisticated graphic arts study that transforms sculptural classics into truly unique fantasies. 

Charline De Luca - Archi-shoes for a diva

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A very young Zaha Adid for shoes. Carlotta De Luca, Roman by birth, trained as an architect but began designing shoes for the big names and finally launched her own footwear collection. Each sculpted heel is informed by her knowhow and finished off with a good dose of glamour. Fine materials, deluxe workmanship and a singular-feminine look. I know her collections and each time I see one it’s like being struck by lightning – love at first sight!

AMCardillo_contemporary jewelry

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The skin meets raffia crochet from processing, lurex blends with jute and flax. The designer Anna Maria Cardillo experimenting with shapes and materials since 2012, creating jewelry from the font bold, aggressive and with a strong ethnic component. The shapes are pure and linear, from the circle, the starting point of the latest collections, up to the tube and to the fringes. The result is sculptural, but with a soul Masai. 

Ortys – Experimental Casual

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Antonio Neroni is enthusiasm turned into a designer. He is from Latina and wants to stay there because he can’t live without the sea. Maybe that’s why he is capable of looking beyond the horizon to find different inspirations that he artfully combines. In the SUPERNOVALOVE collection, material becomes modeled on embossed and metallic look lamé eco-leather, textured polyester and double-face sequins in changing, sparkling colors. Bomber jackets, vests, dresses, sweatshirts. The colors, the Manga prints, the Russian graphics, the jewels with huge crystals all come together in an explosion of light and creativity that simply carries you away. 

Tu.Tino - A zoo on your back

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My first thought when I saw Nicoletta Dellagatta’s bags was: I want them all! It can happen. And when it does, it means that the idea is right and that the product has an appeal that wins you over. The collection is simple and fun: giraffes, lions dogs, cats and all the animals from the zoo say “Hi” on cloth shopping bags and rucksacks. Fun, practical and very cool accessories. And I can already foresee a fashionista frenzy. 

Vitussi – Timeless little trunks

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Have you ever thought of leaving the house with a faucet under your arm? Probably never (at least I hope so!) But Vito’s creations will make you change your mind, and quickly. Little trunks that are as ironic, timeless and elegant as they are eccentric. "I’ve done everything in my life”, he says with his DOC Sicilian look. “Then I got this idea: I inverted the triangle and transformed it into a clutch. I love to play, to take things apart and put them back together, to build”. And he certainly loves to surprise. 

Avril 8790 - Doppio gioco

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Fine knitwear and precious metals. Put the two together and you get the new label created by Francesco Menci and Maria Elena Sanarelli, who joined their respective family backgrounds to launch a line of new, 100% Made in Italy accessories. Bracelets, necklaces and clutch bags with clean lines, 3D mesh and embossed motifs that tell two stories: the softness of the fabrics and the strength of the metals. Talk about strength in numbers – and the number is two.  

10x10 ANITALIANTHEORY – The breakfast of champions

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Alessandro Enriquez is a brilliant creative with a thousand surprises. Influencer, socialite and designer of this colored and cheerful collection who, after the theme of pasta, is reinterpreting breakfast Italian-style. "Na tazzulella e' café" is printed on the sweatshirts, skirts and bags produced in cooperation with Azzurra Gronchi, but watch out, there are also croissants, cannoli and Sicilian cassata – in prints, jacquards and embroideries – that are perfect for a fashion breakfast, and for starting the day with a smile. 

Lara Hampton - Let it shine

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It’s useless to deny it: sometimes we women are worse than thieving magpies. As soon as we see something that sparkles we want it. And that’s what happened when I saw these glittery sport-chic-couture boots and sneakers. By the way, they are really comfortable and you can wear them all the time, not only for glamorous partying (a trend that has seen better days). Shoe designer Bruno Bordese’s  creations for the English heritage brand definitely have a new twist. 

Agalma Medusae - 100% Made in Sicily Jewels

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And why not make jewels with lava stone from Mount Etna, and maybe reinterpret Sicily’s iconography – but the less-known images that are the true bearers of the island’s history and culture? Said and done. It was Giovanna Micali, architect from Catania,  who had the brilliant idea and her niche brand aims straight for the heart. She borrows from the votive images in old churches and puts them on rings, necklaces and earrings with a timeless charm. Madonnas and saints, Sicilian carts and medusas interpreted in coral, pearls, gold, silver and even fabrics. Incredibly meticulous historical research filled with its own unique charm.