Antonio Marras collections are special in the their narrative and their meticulously execution. For spring/ summer the designer has taken his inspiration from Italian artist Carol Rama, whose sexually charged and autobiographical works often invite comparisons to Louise Bourgeois.
Having a deeper look at the clothes themselves, the collection is based on linen caftans, roomy coats and dirndls which became canvases for hand-drawn prints and 3-D embroideries resembling Rama’s watercolors. Some pieces seem opulent in the use of bold stripes and bursts of sparkly decorations, but the homespun character to Marras’ clothes translates this opulence rather into eccentric than overtly loud. The second half of the show was calmer, when Marras used filmier fabrics, melding polka-dot organdy, pleated chiffon and lace into mesmerizing multi-paneled skirts and gowns.