MILAN–Alessandro Enriquez’s homage to Italian cuisine in the form of a women’s wear collection and capsule home collection came just in time for the upcoming food-themed Milan EXPO.
During Design Week here the 32-year-old designer who is the brain behind 10x10AnItalianTheory and moonlights as a journalist and author, presented a capsule collection designed for luxury carpet maker Illulian at Milan’s legendary Biffi Boutique. The rugs were adorned with images of Italy’s most iconic foods: from farfalle pasta to Neapolitan baba’ desserts. Crafted with Himalayan wool, natural silk and vegetable dyes, Illulian carpets are truly an artisanal product.
His fall winter 2015/16 women’s collection that was presented in Milan’s upscale 5Vie district in February was envisaged in a similar spirit. Playful skirts, head scarves, accessories and sweat shirts were made with Bonotto fabrics and emblazoned with an Italian breakfast themed prints – brioche and Sicilian cassata cartoonish patterns, among others.
“There were many artisans that went into making these collections. There were craftsmen in Tuscany that worked on the accessories and seamstresses in Puglia that worked on the clothes,” Enriquez said. “It is 100 percent made in Italy.”
His collections are fruit of his love for cooking and his book “An Italian Theory,” which was published by Lombardi Editori and is a journey through the personal tastes of some of the biggest names in fashion like Ennio Capasa, Anna Dello Russo, Margherita Maccapani Missoni and Rossella Jardini.
“I have always had a passion for food. I wrote a book about food in 2012. I had no idea at that time the Expo would be in Milan. It was pure coincidence.”
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