francesco_scognamigliof0801_ciMILAN, Feb 17, 2008 / FW/ — The period between the late sixties and early seventies is the inspiration for Francesco Scognamiglio, who experiments with and combines alternative styles and elements in his Fall-Winter 2008-09 collection.

The collection evokes the refined ostentation and allure of Loulou and Lucie de La Falaise, emblems of French avant-garde elegance. It also gives a nod to actress Carole Lombard, the queen of the 1930s screwball comedy genre.  

Eroticism in all of its aspects is the protagonist of the season and emerges in dresses, pants, and blouses with clear fetish references. Latex, the perfect material for S&M gear, is the detail-element for the “second skin” dress dripping with crystals.

Boiled wool used in coats and outerwear is given a rigid, voluminous, and almost surreal look. The bow – both narrow or maxi-sized, is the main theme on the catwalk and used on cloth and matelassé silk dresses. Nylon and silk bomber jackets are decorated and lined with fine fox fur. White or lilac arctic fox give fur coats and jackets a contemporary look.

Crocodile is the choice for tall boots sprayed with a metallic lacquer. Handbags and clutches feature the diamond theme and are studded with crystals. Animal print details abound, and a puma head adorns buckles on dresses or decorates necklaces. Evenings are wrapped up in shantung silk and protected with crystal and amethyst “armor”.

(Photo courtesy of Francesco Scognamiglio, click on image to see bigger photo.)

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