“My starting point? The story of Princess Maria Amalia of Saxony and her porcelain in the Capodimonte Palace,” Francesco Scognamiglio explains how he began thinking about his second haute couture collection. In a story that takes place between Italy and France, from Neapolitan origins to the city of Paris. Under the gold stuccoed ceiling of the Shangri-La hotel revealing his vision for the season with a parade of princesses. A wardrobe decorated with small flowers crafted by hand in porcelain from Capodimonte. Sculpted silhouettes embellished with metal pins and chords of Swarovski crystals. “I wanted to evoke this fantastical figure, delicate. Opulently decorated with a Belle Epoque mood, but also with a strong soul.” The designer told MFF. This poetic spirit came out in certain coats decorated with monkeys and covered in crystals, in stiff evening suits and brocade tails mimicking the wings of a butterfly. The models dainty heads decorated with a mosaic of gold clips and their mysterious faces were hidden behind opulent broderie lace veils. They wore shimmering sheer lace, long tunics with bows trailing from the neck, slip dresses in crystalized metal mesh and hard nails, with floral creepers and metal spines. In a show of 20 unique creations, that culminated in the wedding dress: a whirlwind of a pallid rose red adorned with small porcelain roses.
By Giampietro Baudo - MFF Magazine for Fashion