De Vincenzo's imaginative clothing took on a psychedelic quality that left the audience dizzy with delight.
At its best, fashion is a feast for the eyes, and for Fall/Winter 2016, designer Marco de Vincenzo took an alternative route toward engaging the senses. Artificiality was the theme of the collection, which at first is a head-scratcher given that so many designers pride themselves on authenticity. Yet, de Vincenzo understands that synthetic, experimental materials have their own sort of authenticity, meaning that all of the man-made materials in his presentation were the result of human hands. It was fake-out artisanship at its best; imitation elevated to an art form. With a spine-tingling array of patterns – both out-of-focus and solid – and a delicious eye-popping palette, de Vincenzo’s imaginative clothing took on a psychedelic quality that left the audience dizzy with delight.
De Vincenzo’s riotous surfaces came in a muted palette first, one that paired an earth-tone tweed coat with a twisted gray silk, a red, yellow and brown striped skirt, and perforated indigo blue tights together. From there, deliberately mismatched colors both acid bright and neutral collide on single looks, as de Vincenzo layered together sophisticated outerwear, feminine blouses, preppy striped sweaters, and crinkly sheer skirts. His faux fur offerings are wonderful, and looked like a child’s drawing of cuddly monsters come to life. In order to underscore his playful theme of synthesized fashion, De Vincenzo also introduces handbags into his collection for the first time. His ladylike classic styles are contradicted by cartoonish bear claw closures – another nod to artificiality.
As trippy as this collection was, it possessed a demure undercurrent that made even the zaniest surfaces appeal to the everyday woman.
In order to cop the de Vincenzo look for the season, there are two distinct styles. One is elongated and preppy, as in the case of floor-sweeping velvet skirts paired with sturdy pea coats and striped turtlenecks. The other is an outré display of separates in a top-to-toe clash of patterns and textures, topped with covetable outerwear both embroidered and fuzzy. This exhilarating, optimistic show took the conventional and turned it on its head, with its faked out fabrics and feminine silhouettes turned into playgrounds for wild prints, patterns, and textures. As trippy as this collection was, it possessed a demure undercurrent that made even the zaniest surfaces appeal to the everyday woman.