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The Costa Smerelda (Emerald Coast) of Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea, has been visited by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and Veruschka. With those unique personalities in mind, Antonio Marras looked to the island and its “legendary character” when creating his resort 2015 collection.
Known for his film-worthy direction and undeniable artistic references, the designer brought to life the natural extremities of Sardinia through voluminous skirts and jackets with oversized prints and tight silhouettes. Dedicated to the severity and versatility of Prussian style icon, Veruschka, Marras intended to portray both the model and the Costa Smerelda as mutable entities often erased and transformed by their environments. He created subtle texture, as reference to the rocky coast, by incorporating embroidery, vintage wool crepe, sequins, and lace into several looks.
Emerald green, shocking pink, and turquoise hues depicted the colors of the Mediterranean on the coast, while black and white combinations with pale pink showcased Marras’ 1960s inspiration. Bold umbrella stripes, oversized and micro-patterned florals, and color-blocking dominated the collection and reference the aesthetic of Veruschka as the designer’s muse.
This collection captures the essence of the island as a transformative paradise and translates it into wearable pieces for modern women.