Ring The Attico for good times.
Street-style darlings-turned-designers Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini injected a much-needed jolt of sexiness into the Milan fashion calendar with the first-ever runway show of the brand they launched in 2016 and that translates into “penthouse” in English.
They abandoned the comfort of their presentations and risked it all by taking their glam, fierce world to the streets — and, luckily for them, the Milan weather cooperated, ceasing the drenching rain that had fallen all afternoon.
They christened the show “The Morning After” and delivered customized espresso porcelain cups as the show invitation. But who needs caffeine when Ambrosio and Tordini served a barely-there number made of a bra holding swinging threads of crystals and fake fur as the opening look? Julia Fox, call it in now.
What followed was a maximalist celebration of individuality, as the models walked out from the wooden doors of the historic Milanese buildings nearby like they were all heading somewhere. There was the party girl ready to go directly from fun to work in her fringed dress and oversized trench coat; the too-cool-to-care tomboy in roomy cargo pants and jumbo fur; the nocturnal biker in a tight leather jacket and matching skinny pants; the movie-star diva in a fire red gown trimmed in marabou; the night owls returning home wrapped in a short white alpaca fur coat or an even fluffier long one in powder mongolia.
Coming with mismatched shoes and jewelry and The Attico’s signature a-bit-undone attitude, these clothes were not for the faint-hearted or introverts. Between the evanescent mermaid dress dotted with mirrored sequins and sheer nude pants punctuated by feathers peeking from a maxi khaki coat, Ambrosio and Tordini continued to rely on eccentricity to send out their message of uniqueness.
The designers’ clique was in full attendance in support, including Gucci’s Sabato De Sarno; Ferragamo’s Maximilian Davis; Dsquared2 founders Dean and Dan Caten; GCDS’ Giuliano Calza; Blumarine’s Nicola Brognano; Amina Muaddi; Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo, and Remo Ruffini, who acquired a 49 percent stake in the brand through the Archive Srl vehicle.
While the collection sacrificed cohesiveness and some looks veered into costume-y territory, this was the duo’s moment to serve up a show and they didn’t hold back. Their erotic city came alive — and it was fun.
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