Monday, January 15, 2018

BEAUTY: Clothing--Isabel Benenato

The Milanese leg of fashion season is in full swing and here we go...

Italian designer Isabel Benenato has nurtured her nine-year-old brand in the Tuscan city of Lucca, far from the Milan fashion epicenter, and won the notice of the Italian Fashion Chamber, which invited her to Milan Fashion Week. For her FW 18-19 menswear debut at Milano Moda Uomo, she showed a deceptively simple collection of easy, loose pieces inspired by planets,although how that inspiration translated into flowing shapes is something only she needs to know. The resulting wraps and capes and trailing scarves and blankets and shawls and generously cut trousers and voluminous shirts and lax coats are actually quite stunning, and dare I say it, romantic. There is a sense in this collection that pleases me in a visceral way. It reminds me of the flow-y, romantic looks Anne Demeulemeester created when she helmed her eponymous brand. Benanato herself said, "There is this sense of being wrapped. Of silence. Of relaxing." I am looking forward to seeing a lot more from this obviously talented designer.

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