This season Claudia Ligari has overwhelmed us with delivering a futuristic collection that is distant and almost antithetical from the last season’s triumph of darkness yet still keeping her very distinct signature style. For her Spring Summer 2012 structured creations and soft elements are juxtaposed with a perfect edge in an exclusively white palette, creating an atmosphere of pure neutrality while at the same time breathing in the feeling of freshness into them.
In the wake of her previous work, Claudia continues to experiment with geometric cuts and exciting mixed materials, creating ready to wear handmade sculptures that preserve individuality in every single garment.
Along with the sheer lightweight cloth sits thick rubber net hand painted and hand sewn onto the garment, combined with printed hand glued silicones in a meticulously crafted work: an almost statuesque, artsy approach adding an extra touch for those who cultivate an avant-garde aesthetic. Inspired by Olympics sporty uniforms, especially scuba diving and bicycle racing suits, her SS12 designs feature long zip pullers, swimming caps and front zip bras. A severe perfection of a racer’s figure resonates throughout all her collection in a very sensual way, as she always succeeds in making unexpected and at the same time attractive garments on her woman’s body.
Despite the sporty inspiration as a starting point, she keeps it elegant and feminine without compromising her neat aesthetic, presenting a sleek collection of almost evening like dresses as well as very refined silhouettes. Tridimensional side panels featured on dresses, shorts and skirts explore a flawless and distinctive calm dimension for a more futuristic but still comfortable look. Looking as if she came from another planet, this is what Claudia Ligari’s women is about. True to her roots, the designer has played around with sophisticated shapes that underline her woman’s strong individuality, creating once
again an allure of purity and minimal-chic elegance.
Elisabetta Giovi – keepwobblin.com
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