MILAN, Jun 21, 2009 / FW/ — Giving a nod to the travel theme that has struck Milan this season, Carlo Pignatelli brought his audience to the South Pacific, giving them a sportive attitude amidst an atmosphere of freedom and sensuality.
Inspired by the 1958 film ‘South Pacific’, the collection is all about the desire for relaxation and to escape from the hectic pace of city life that was achieved by putting in elements of the 1950s which immediately created a feeling of repose and serenity.
Yet, the collection is also full of energy due to its sportive quality as the young and athletic protagonist personified by Francesco Aiello brought a sense of urgency on the runway, like the ideal Carlo Pignatelli Outside gent that he personifies.
The colors of summer are the color of sand, with khaki and sandy beige and whites like the sailor’s uniforms. The iridescent grey of just-caught pearls are mixed with blue strokes in all shades, from aquamarine to turquoise, that bring to mind the film cellulose touched up with bright filters.
And since South Pacific is a story of World War II, the Japanese are not far behind. Represented by the silk kimono and embroidered jacquard, there is also the touch of the Far East, and thus giving the collection a counterpoint which in turn made it very interesting.