Runway Report: Aquilano.Rimondi SS17

Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi turned the classic pinstripe pattern on it’s head for Milan Fashion Week this season. By constantly deconstructing and reconstructing the verticle finish, the Italian duo achieved the impossible by transforming masculine monotony into feminine versatility.

The brand’s story began with interrupting black pinstripes lining oversized white drapery, perhaps a commentary on the use of the classic masculine pattern today. The collection then moved on to mimic the shapes and lines of the pinstripes themselves, with larger striped patterns, structured gridlocks, and razor sharp hems on sleeves and pants. While these traits remained masculine, the collection metamorphosed into feminine silhouette through the combination of the striped fabrics and their counterpart cuts.

But it wasn’t until the very end of Aquilano.Rimondi’s collection that we heard their final crescendo: the ultimate celebration of a feminine and mobile pinstripe. The finale dresses to glide down the Milan runway proved that this very small basic structure (as seen in the choice of the collection’s grid-like metallic stitching), can move when paired with refreshing womanly shapes. It’s true, this designer duo has somehow made the classic pinstripe dance in a most effeminate way.

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