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URBAN ROMANTIC NOIR
Alberto Annibali’s fall/winter collection 2010 has been inspired by films noir and their beautiful mysterious characters - delicate but strong and confident women, urban heroines who live the various aspects of their personality unhindered.
Clothes that are curve-complementing but not close-fitting follow these women who are always travelling and live night and day making no difference.
Prevailing colors are black, dark brown, different tones of grey - iron grey, dark grey, dove grey - and white, which is never optical but a silicon, milk or pearl white. Bilberry red is the only real color, evoking sensuality and femininity.
Two different silhouettes are created by the fusion of noir films’ stars and fencing-inspired clothes – the first is sexy, flowing and chic, the second is springing, clinging and practical.
There is a mixture of daywear stone-washed silk dresses, with silk-jersey glove-tight sleeves, and sensually elegant stretch or watered silk dresses worn on light wool leggings or under quilted silk jersey mini-blousons that fit perfectly as a fencing competition corset.
Coats are loose-fitting and boyish-style, slightly formal in their amf trimmings. Peacoats and capes are over-fitting and wrapping, in dark brown wool or cashmere, with a contrasting half lining.
Practical silk 150-gram-cotton-wool-quilted blousons are soft to the touch and easy to carry. They are sporty but chic and are matched with same texture dresses.
Merino/cashmere knitwear is piquet-knitted, monochrome or maxi-striped. Colors are mélange grey, black and milk white.
Maxi cardigans are matched with extremely light knitwear sheath dresses - made of a thinness 8 yarn – and have rib-stitched collars and cuffs of the same yarn but thinner. They go under coats or over dresses, and help to create a personal style, mixing textures and colors.
It’s a practical collection, which wants to extend its life beyond one season and shows women’s urge these days to be different, combining single-tone shades and unusual shapes to make a more personal style free from fashion trends.
Alberto Annibali started designing as a child. He used to take bits of fabric in the dress-making Atelier that his father ran in Rome and used them to design and create, watching dress-makers sewing clothes. “I became addicted to the smell of the fabrics in the Atelier, and have never wanted to rehab “ says Alberto.
After completing his art education he studied at Koefia, where he learned the dress-making skills working on dummies. His first working experience was in Itierre’s male fashion department. There he met Gianni Versace, one of his masters, whom he always admired for his sensible eccentric creativity.
After working in New York and London he finally went to the Central St.Martin’s, where he studied Fashion Styling. Back from London, he began his experience with Valentino. Valentino had a great influence on Alberto and allowed him to explore the glamour and style of the Roman fashion house.
These experiences greatly contributed to Alberto’s interpretation of the woman’s style, which he has finally expressed in today’s collection.
In 2006 he decided to start the venture that he is now sharing with his close friend and business partner Monica Iannelli, manager of the company, and that has led them up to Rome’s catwalks of AltaRoma, where Alberto’s first collection is being shown.
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