ROME–The real protagonists of Altaroma were undoubtedly the emerging designers. Attentive to past, artistic and cultural influences, they also drove the fashion event in terms of trends and innovation. The talents present at the “Room Service” event at Rome’s Liberty-era Marriott Grand Hotel Flora, was one of the highlights of Altaroma. BACO gives you a closer look at some of the most promising names this season:
AD AMATO DANIELE
Extravagant, unique and exclusive. The 18 year-old-star of Altaroma, Daniele Amato, is proof that family and tradition is the best fashion degree money can’t buy. The Amato family owns the historic Leu Locati accessories label and has seen their bags on the arms of the world’s most famous divas – from Grace Kelly to Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2012, at just 16, the Amato decided to start his own shoes and accessories brand.
In addition to his family, Amato is inspired by an encounter with diva-shoe-master Manolo Blahnik, who also served as a main source of inspiration for his fall winter 2015/2016 collection.
WHAT: Exotic leather with fur for shoes and bag
PRICE: from 300 to 45.000 euro. Average 1.000 euro
WHERE TO BUY: Maison 77 in Rome, Dellera Pelliceria in Milan
SHOWROOM: via Cosimo del Fante 13, Milan www.amatodanieleshoes.com
Costanza De Cecco e Giulia Giannini, old school friends, are the young designers and cofounders of Co.Ro architecture-a-porter, a new brand of jewelry inspired by Roman architecture and geometry. Small, original and quirky pieces in semiprecious material are the result of research between aesthetic and tradition.
WHAT: Jewelry in silver or brass gold pleated, pearls and semiprecious stones. Gold on request.
PRICE: from 100 to 400 euro.
WHERE TO BUY: Monrev and Gasparini in Rome and Regalo in Shangai
SHOWROOM: Co.Ro.Studio via dei Capocci 97, Rome
Crafted from a variety of vintage fabrics plucked from old silk shops in Como, Nadia Mari’s pieces are truly one of a kind. From the shift dress to the maxi-tee, Nadia Mari’s designs take you from the pool side to cocktail hour. The Roman designer started her label in 2008.
WHAT: Blouses and dresses made mainly of silk and natural materials like wool. Some neoprene too.
PRICE: 400-500 euros average for a dress.
WHERE TO BUY: Spazio Espanso e Blue Marlin in Rome, Club 21 in Singapore.
SHOWROOM/ATELIER: Via Felice Cavallotti 18, Roma
Inspired by contemporary art, Isla Fontaine’s necklaces and bracelets are hand made by goldsmiths and artisans in Venice and the Italian jewelry capital of Vicenza. Starting out as a contemporary curator for artists and architects, Fontaine decided to transform her unexpressed creativity into something she could export to the world.
WHAT: Silver 925 gold plated or rhodium plated, semiprecious stones.
PRICE: average 300-500 euros for a necklace.
WHERE TO BUY: www.luisaviaroma.com
HEADQUARTERS: San Marco 3885, Venice
The Armenian designer made a name for himself in his hometown of Yerevan at the age of 18. The grandson of a painter, Khachatryan has a knack for reinterpreting the artistic masterpieces of Eurasia in his designs. This season, his Byzantine motif and one-dimensional character patterns are reminiscent of the days when Justinian’s rule spanned from Armenia to Sicily.
WHAT: Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear, Accessories
WHERE TO BUY: http://vahankhachatryan.bigcartel.com/, firstname.lastname@example.org
HEADQUARTERS: 3A Teryan Street, Yerevan 0001, Armenia
A native of Uzbekistan, Sulton’s diaphanous gowns are crafted with traditional Uzbek patterns and fabrics, adorned with ultra-feminine touches like flower petals and modern silhouettes – for a couture look that can be worn on or off the red carpet.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.facebook.com/zulfiyasulton
–By Valentina Accardo