The Far East is stirring the imaginations of many a designer in Milan. Count Alessandra Facchinetti of Uniqueness among them. Facchinetti claimed Vietnam as an inspiration for her flamingo- and palm leaf-print crepe dresses with 1930s lines. A floor-length version shown with a K-way jacket in a matching print is already one of the best-sellers in this, her Fall collection, which became available online at Uniqueness the same time as she first presented it in London last week. In addition to showing the line in season, a situation made possible by her relationship with the fast-fashion brand Pinko, Facchinetti also crowd-sources ideas from her social media followers. More labels should get in on that act.
A popover top tucked into full-legged pants cropped a few inches above the ankles continued the colonial-era vibe. Other pieces, like a nicely shaped navy ribbed sweater and a nubby wool coat with cocoon-ish proportions, ran to the more basic.