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Inspired by the 1945 memoir of Carlo Levi and the 1979 film Christ Stopped at Eboli, Eidos offered a fall/winter 2016 collection that was luxurious and approachable last week. The line, entitled “In Esilio” (in exile) specifically sheds light on Levi, who, due to his political activism against the fascist regime of Italy, was exiled and forced to spend time in the small town of Basilicata in Southern Italy. After being banished from his Turin home in the late 1930s by Mussolini, Levi focused on artistic endeavors, painting his rural surroundings. His brushstrokes, and the surrounding life that they conveyed, are translated in this collection with tonal shades, slouchy silhouettes, and oversized garments.
Broken into three color stories, the collection reflected a contrasting view of inspirations from both towns. In framed settings during the presentation, one set of models wore structured, tailored pieces in shades of sage, emerald, taupe and sandy beiges. In the next round, colder charcoal and chocolate tones symbolized the people that lived around Levi in Basilicata—mainly peasants, shepherds, and farmers—who wore practical fabrics. The last color story of navy and midnight blue paid homage to a self-portrait of Levi, where the artist is pictured in indigo and navy hues. A few favorite looks included: a cross-body coat with tidy button closures from the torso to the collar; knitted knee-length jackets with large side pockets that tie close; and casual slide-on flats.