September 23, 2010 Milan
Backstage, the duo said a book in Ferré's library with a photo of Louis Armstrong's trumpet got them thinking about jazz, and that the "instinctual music" led them in a "hotter, more sensual" direction. A couple of well-cut, sexy suits, their jackets tailored with double lapels, made it to the runway, but Aquilano and Rimondi's focus was on dresses—short, for the most part, and body-baring. The crisscrossing back straps and cutouts on both the minis and the longer sun-ray plissé gowns recalled recent Versace collections. In fact, similar motifs turned up at Donatella's show a few hours later.
Amid the collection's predominantly black and white scheme, the color-blocked sequin and crystal numbers had a graphic punch. But in general, this collection didn't have the distinctive point of view you expect not only from these designers, but also from one of Milan's once major houses.