Marco de Vincenzo
September 22, 2011 Milan
The cruxes of the collection, though, were the painted clingy knit dresses. The way the slightly raised cables and spirals that decorated them were painted in ombré patterns brought to mind M.C. Escher's perspective-shifting lithographs—only in Technicolor. Some of them were painted with metallics, the effect of which de Vincenzo rightly compared to soft armor.
Not all of it worked. Knit pants are never a good idea, but especially not with cables extending from hips to ankles. And the engineered prints, while flattering to the body, were reminiscent of others that have been seen over the last couple of seasons. All in all, though, de Vincenzo came up with a unique concept and executed it well. We won't be surprised when we see the gold- and platinum-painted numbers on the party circuit.