Andrea Pompilio © Copyright 2013
At its third season, the Onitsuka Tiger X Andrea Pompilio represents the perfect union between the sportswear heritage of the Japanese brand and the Italian creativity of Andrea Pompilio.
For the SS2014 the designer took inspiration from the musicians, artists and break-dancers that enliven the streets of the most underground neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
The prints, Andrea Pompilio’s signature feature, blend together with Onitsuka Tiger’s Collection in a kaleidoscope of computerized, sprayed and tattooed graphics that recall the artworks of urban writers.
The tiger, icon of the Japanese brand, keeps being reinterpreted as if it was free to express all its strength, and applied to outerwear, sweatshirts, trousers, shorts and t-shirts.
For the first time, a capsule collection for women is added to the traditional men’s line, maintaining its strong street style personality.
The colors recall the freshness of California, with clear references to Downtown L.A.’s graffitis.
The accessories line of backpacks, caps and visors has a touch of the original Los Angeles ’80s Hip Hop style revisited with a contemporary vision.
A reverent guard of stone effigies hold vigil over the blooming lavender and citrus trees of the Corsini gardens. By day, their solemn silhouettes stand tall against the harsh tuscan sun; as dusk falls, the weathered sentinels cast long shadows across the verdant labyrinth.
The grandeur of architecture softens and fades into the evening, as obscurity arrives withe the night. Handmaidens appear diaphanous, in garments suffused with the hues and lines of landscape. Structures are betrayed by chiaroscuro, as cloth and skin mingle in seductive chemistry.
In a palette od concrete, sandstone, onyx and indigo, abstract geometries of the cubist painting school inspire a patchwork of airy textiles placed across the body. Dresses as paintings.
An angular rhetoric defines the collection’s graphic edge, with the 3D notion of perspective causing horizons to appear and disappear in smooth planes.
Shantung silk and watery jacquard evoke the rough textures of the palazzo exterior against and abundance of poplin cotton, chosen for a polished asceticism.
Keyhole cutouts and transparency highlight the shoulder in striped knitwear and bonded jersey bustiers, opposing the rigid proportions of box tunics and smock dresses cut in striated silk gazar, starched poplin and a sheer, spotty jacquard.
By way of ruched inserts, the crisp lightness of panelled blouses and shifts is tempered at the waist in a manipulation of volume – its effects heightened against the flat form of a kimono sleeve.
Opening the show, the symmetry of a strict column is disrupted in a slash of amethyst jacquard, and elsewhere a blazer wraps across the hips in bicolor silk, laced across the shoulders in thick whipcord.
This threaded technique is echoed in raffia at the gathered waist of full cotton skirts, which feature pooling patch pockets adding further shape.
A passage of bright white highlights the crucial silhouettes under a clinical glare, mirrored in a finale of inky black. Square-heeled sandals wrap across the toe in a collage of striped python and nylon weave.
As special guest of Pitti Italics/Uomo, the footwear label Aquazzura has presented its new Cruise Collection 2014 at the iconic Palazzo Corsini in Florence.
Under the motto “Let’s Dance” the Aquazzura presentation was inspired by Dance and Movement. The exclusive performance in Aquazzura high heels by worldwide known ballet dancers of La Scala Milano was one of the highlights of the evening.
The evening was full of surprises including Glamorous models in Aquazzura heels in spinning bikes, Models with Amazon Sandals on the heads, Tip Tapo dances or even male models wearing tuxedos and bright pink stilettos.
Edgardo Osorio Aquazzura creative director and founder hosted the event followed by an intimate dinner. Among the International guests the “It girl” Olivia Palermo, The Duchess of Feria Naty Abascal, Sara Brajovic, Countess Livia Branca, Susy Menkes, Alejandra de Rojas, Schot Schuman, Ferrugio Ferragamo, Rachael Cavalli were some of the distinguished guests of this cocktail party in the fabulous Palazzo Corsini.
Special thanks to Floriana Di Carlo Photographer