With September and New York Fashion Week just around the corner, everyone is wondering which of the world’s luxury designers will make fashion news, but we're also curious to see what the up-and-coming designers have to offer. While we know that it’s unlikely our favorite established couturiers will disappoint, anticipation is growing as we wait to see what the newbies will conjure. One of those fresh faces is Sofia Sizzi, the young designer behind Giulietta.
Florentine-born Sizzi chose the name Giulietta in honor of her mother, who sported the nickname in Italy as a young woman. The label, whose designs also take inspiration from Sizzi's mother, was established in November 2011. Though the brand is new, Sizzi is no stranger to the fashion world— she spent years working as design director in accessories departments with big-time labels like Gucci, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein on her resumé. Sizzi’s fashions personify her own signature style of timeless femininity that is uncompromisingly confident and deeply-rooted in haute couture aesthetics.
With many of her creations taking inspiration from old Italian movies, her fall collection for 2012 is particularly inspired by "II Gattopardo” (“The Leopard”) by Luchino Visconti. The 1960s-made movie examines Italian fashion from a century earlier. Though dress revolved around daily life at the house and in the backyard, including manual labor, the designs were functional and the details were very intricate. Sizzi is most inspired by the volume, exaggerated collars, and fuller skirts that were prominent at that time period, which can be seen in her latest collection.
The designer mixes those ideas with uniform-esque pieces that take on breezy silhouettes for Pre-Fall 2012. In this collection we see silk-blended knits in a variety of sweaters, a pinafore-style mini dress, and custom-made buttons by jeweler Thomas Bliven on several of the dresses and jackets. Many of the pieces sport geometric elements, with wide stripes and color blocking appearing over the torso, waist, and shoulders. However, Sizzi knows what she’s doing, as this technique takes form in a way that would be only flattering on women.
To view the full collection, visit Giulietta-NewYork.com.
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