June 27, 2012 Milan
Translating traditional African styles into a Parisian idiom was the task Albino D'Amato set for himself for Resort. The shapes he cut—the voluminous jackets and coats he's famous for, the cocooning skirts—all harkened back to the world of midcentury couture. But the fabrics had a hardiness of their own. He worked with cotton and raffia to achieve the effect, alternating with taffeta and silk faille, and kept the palette simple, mostly black and white. Stripes and what D'Amato called a "tribal lace" lent graphic effect to a younger-skewing collection, but on the whole, the lot still felt a bit precious.
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