High up in the hills of Florence sits pretty Piazzale Michealangelo. As the sun sets over the distant mountains and an orange light sweeps the city, it is easy to make out the familiar silhouettes of the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo. The scene is set for the most glamourous of fashion shows as Monnalisa presents it’s spring summer 2013 collection.
Consisting of Monnalisa main line, Monnalisa Chic, NY&LON, Jackioo and boyswear collection Hitchiker, the family run designer label presents one of the most anticipated catwalk shows at Pitti. In true Italian national spirit, however, the show is delayed until half time as it clashes with Italy’s Euro 2012 game against Germany. As half time finally approaches, the catwalk show can begin.
First up, NY&LON and a plethora of Disney print outfits. Mainly appearing on T-shirts and luggage the characters were offset by chunky black and white stripes, small polkadot print neckerchiefs and funky black and white brogues with yellow ribbon laces. Tunic style long T-shirts, as seen at Miss Grant, were seen styled with to the knee length leggings.
Next, Monnalisa, which opened with a sweet yellow and white gingham dress complete with tutu petticoat, proving that gingham is a trend to watch. Black and white, pink and white and blue and white large gingham checks are reminiscent of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, which was emphaised by trousers that are cropped above the ankle and accessorising with headscarves, big rolled up hair and wicker baskets.
We also noted a cowboy style for girls, evident in a couple of outfits. Cherry red is a popular colour over trousers and cardigans and a few heart prints were spotted. Also in the Monnalisa collection, a few outfits present a real clashing of patterns. Most notably, an outfit of striped red and white leggings, a blue and white floral print high waist skirt and white and red polkadot top, proving that pattern clash is staying around for another summer season.
Jackioo showed a traditional collarless Chanel-esque jacket, in a non-traditional enlarged brown and green camoflage print teamed with chiffon black mini skirt. A calf length crochet black cardigan with tassel edging was a nod to the seventies, a decade which appears to be influential for summer 2013. Again, stripes were a constant in this collection also. Drop waist tutus were also seen; a possible nod to the twenties and light scarves are looped once around the neck and left to hang.
The square catwalk was set up with a huge canvas cylinder in the centre. The curtain gradually rose to reveal six models all in beautifully decorated Monnalisa Chic outfits. Hanging above their heads were three elegant chandeliers, setting the tone of the collection. Ice blue, as also seen at Miss Grant, and white are the colours of choice and the print is reminiscent of that found on fine china. One of the most interesting silhouettes was seen at Monnalisa Chic; a sleeveless dress with lampshade knee-length skirt and a high boat neckline, presented in bright floral pink fabric and also in pale pink silk. Another highlight was a tulle skirt teamed with an oversized short sleeved, sweatshirt fabric T-shirt. It created a modern look amongst lots of the other more traditional outfits.
The boyswear, Hitchiker, collection is stronger than ever and this season seems to envelop an East London hipster style, including rolled up above the ankle skinny chino trousers teamed with boat shoes and double breasted knit cardigans and straw hats. A natural colour palette was used throughout. Detailing on edging in contrasting colours is popular, as are knee length shorts and blazers. Last down the catwalk was a handsome forest green blazer. Having seen something similar at Gucci, we are hoping that this rich colour is here for another season.
As it was time to say goodbye a group of girls took to the stage in various coloured tutus, all with a raised front hem, and vest combo. Guests and designers alike rushed to watch the football second half appearing on the big screen, and thankfully, they were rewarded. The Junior fashion team headed back down to Florence town with chants of ‘Italia’ ringing in our ears. A triumphant night for fashion and football, it seemed.
Photography by Linda McLean