The late sixties and early seventies keep rematerializing this season.
Those years were reference points for Piazza Sempione, too, but this
being the department store-friendly brand that it is, the interpretation
wasn't quite as literal as what we've seen elsewhere. Marc Jacobs had
precise black and white stripes on skirtsuits and column gowns; here
they were brushstrokes on a party dress. Gucci opened with
tunic and trouser sets in sizzling brights; here, again, the shocking
pink separates were less retro-fabulous than they were real-world
appropriate. We can't all be principessas.
Quite the opposite. Piazza Sempione's clients are working women for whom
comfort always counts. What captured the brand's easy-to-wear mantra best
was a pantsuit cut from paisley-print silk. The unconstructed blazer was
as effortless as a pajama top.