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Sonia Fortuna Spring 2009: Mondrian’s Neo-Plasticism

Sonia Fortuna Spring 2009

Sonia Fortuna Spring 2009

MILAN, Sep 20, 2009 / FW/ — Sonia Fortuna’s Spring 2009 is an artist’s delight. Re-inventing the retro-look by using Piet Mondrian’s Neo-Plasticism – an art form that consisted of a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the use of the three primary colors, the Italian designer used it as the basis for the prints that dominated the collection.

With silhouettes based on the 1980s, Sonia Fortuna created empire waist dresses with jumper straps. Done in chiffon and given asymmetrical hemlines, the look is ironic yet determined. Ironic because the Mondrian print is so rigid, but determined because the flou refuses to give up.

The result, a very modern mix that is full of color that is appealing and endearing.

The 1980s influence regulates the formal scenario. The Mondrian prints give it both the geometric shapes the generous proportions, without clashing. Blouses and t-shirts have wide, batwing shaped sleeves and crater-deep necklines.

Skirts are instead short and straight; trousers have a sporty cut, with lowered saddle and more than slim legs, only just looser in the Bermuda shorts.

The colors are obviously based on the Mondrian style ‘vivid rigour.’ Fabrics are absolutely contemporary, therefore easy and immediate: soft and high-performance jersey or fresh and stretchy cotton, light tulle or silk.

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Photos courtesy of Sonia Fortuna

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