Zoe Saldana looked fab in a dress from Rodolfo Paglialunga's Fall Vionnet show at the Cannes Film Festival, and there are a few more pieces in his Resort lineup with her name on them. We're thinking of the royal blue number with the long slit sleeves, or the midnight gown with a train that pooled around the model's feet. Both are bias-cut, draped from what is essentially a big square of silk, and as long and languid as can be. Paglialunga is an expert at evening. What he set out to do with this collection was prove that his clothes charm just as effectively before dark. We'd say he succeeded, and on at least three counts: knits, pants, and outerwear.
First, the array of hardy yet sweet knits. Our favorite was cropped, ribbed, and embellished with a colorfully beaded elephant across the chest. The designer's own fave, he told us, was essentially two Ts sewn together back to front, the cool graphicism of it accentuated by its yellow, black, and white color blocking. Paglialunga also did a simple silk tee with a scarf printed on its front, snazzed up by the paillette-strewn boxer shorts with which it was worn. As for the pants, there was only one pair, but they looked sharp: long, lean, flaring below the knee, and, best of all, red. Paglialunga's statement coat, color-blocked in that same shade of red and navy, came with three-quarter-length kimono sleeves, the better to show off stacks of bangles on both wrists.