Nico Didonna S/S 2013 Collection

Saturday, 28 July 2012
The show was held at the elite Belgrave square at the Italian institute. Guests were given a red carpet welcome and Champagne and canape as we waited in anticipation for the show to start.

"This time my collection aimed to capture natural elements such as air and sun. The texture and structure is different. For my last collection I was in Italy so the elements were completely different."

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 Me with Nico Didonna

When talking to Mr Nico Didonna after his show, I was able to pin down to words what made his pieces coherent and rhythmic to one another. There was definitely the illusion of a breezy mild romantic spring in Didonna's choice of style and texture. There was also that Italian Burlesque and theatrical feel due to dramatic patterns and off-symmetry slant. We were wowed by the illusive texture and colour combination that unique and thus unusual to the eye. His past collection has been more electric in colour and structure. This time we saw a wave of pastel, earthy and warm attributes to each piece which was very inviting and endearing. The ribbon band and soft ruffle was a central piece on the catwalk, enhancing the feminine shape. There was a good balance between the peculiar patterns and a classic ensemble; the pencil high-waist skirt was more-than-once combined with an unconventional top piece.

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Black and white is the new colour and we have seen it everywhere in Vogue this season. But rather than the usual black and white polka dots and checked patterns, there has been a sophisticated and subtle mesh of both colours as though both colours were ordained to co-exist.

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This was my favourite piece, reminding me of a recreation of a Michael Jackson stage piece. It is flexible in quality and can transform from a dinner/ball occasion piece, to a high-fashion shopping spree set. Today, exclusive fashion is not only reserved for the Grammys and Oscars- the high society also want to take their style to the street, and the street to this exclusive society.

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Whilst the menswear was more conventional in pattern and cut, Didonna mastered a playful combination of smart and casual in his two-piece suits. I love the leather heavy-duty jacket on top of a cotton summer-slacking trousers, as it artistically captures the transition from Winter to Spring.

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What do you think of the new Didonna collection?

Photo credit: Keji Ewuosho 
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