Anna Molinari's fall winter 2014 women's collection traced Japanese fashion's evolution -- from its roots in the Han Dynasty and into the heart of the nation's Western-aroused fashion revolution.
The show commenced with deconstructed kimono designs, fashioned with rich silk rinzu damask and relief prints. Molinari translated traditional Japanese costumery and formal wear into luxuriant robes, silk wrap dresses, mini skirts and understated obi belts.
Blumarine was careful to infuse tradition with innovative finishes and techniques. Other materials included 3D jacquard rose prints, intricate lame' and ultra-light baby alpaca fur weaving.
Japanese military-collared leather pant and skirt suits and micro dresses with gold bodices and high super-heroine collars recalled the action figures of Japanese cartoons or Manga Comics.
Erratic patchwork slashes of lace, fur trim, golden chokers and cropped tuxedo jackets for evening wear brought us back to mainstream Italian fashion. Thigh-high boots in dark cobalt blue and black melded seamlessly with mini skirts and fur coats in matching dark cobalt and natural browns.
With this collection, entitled Unexpected Heritage, Molinari highlighted Italy's constant exchange of ideas and trends with the East. And while she is widely known for her floral prints and ultra-feminine true Italian style, Molinari proved that she is capable of communicating a more global message.
Watch the show!