Colours were fresh and spring-like, ‘very wearable’ was the verdict of buyers. Primrose yellows, white, light greens, pinks, sky blue and pale lilacs from a spring bouquet predominated, often with a hint of sparkle and micro stitch effects. These were not languid pastels, but bright and flattering tones, often displayed with tonal variations on the same colour, which were very successful. Deep indigo blues and navy formed an elegant contrast.
Wool is appearing increasingly frequently as a cool and attractive choice for summer as predicted in Woolmark’s practical design tool, The Wool Lab Spring/Summer 2013. Soft, cool wool was seen in action in extra fine qualities, new yarn constructions and fancy stitches which marked the inventiveness of the season. Zegna Baruffa introduced an innovative extra fine wool yarn called Brandnew, a super extra fine quality 120s wool seen in fancy-stitched designs, with a light and airy look and feel, for superb comfort and techno features like smart moisture management and easycare. Baruffa’s wool quality Cashwool with Sirio and Millennium in 95 per cent extra fine wool with subtle glints of Lurex was particularly effective for a stylish, cool version with the new fancy look.
Cariaggi’s palette was exceptional, such as fresh and summery leafy tones recalling Monet-like reflections in water and fresco-like pastels. The collection featured new blends as well as classic worsted and superfine wools designed for layering in fabrics with complex stitches with holes of varying dimensions. Finest count wools such as Botto Giuseppe’s Prince - superfine 160s and Ontario - superfine 140s - were distinguished by their lightness and soft handle with techno features.
25-27 January 2012