Massimo Rebecchi said of his Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection that he wanted it to be fun and tailored. “A combination of tradition and protest was suggested by the 60’s and 70’s touches shown… tailor-made becomes an exercise in style.” The blended collection of womenswear and menswear ushered out nearly five dozen looks from an open loft space in Milan’s warehouse district. Mr. Rebecchi cited British tartans as the inspiration for many of the checks and plaids used throughout his collection; interestingly enough, the traditional menswear tweeds were more often than not reinterpreted for the women’s separates. This direction is consistent with a pervasive trend in women’s fashion today—reworking haberdashery fabrics with a softer sensibility for the feminine silhouette.
The first time I visited Rome, I quickly realized that the Italians are not afraid to wear fur; in fact, they seem to embrace it almost as a suit of armor. During the autumn and winter months, fur treatments are practically compulsory. It was an extreme yet welcome contrast from the political protests of Northern California’s eco-friendly fashion contingent with which I’d grown up. Fur is so commonly used in Italian collections that it doesn’t feel like a forbidden, unattainable element. It can be difficult to maintain a sense of sportiness when incorporating, such a luxurious piece, but that is the foundation upon which the Massimo Rebecchi brand was built.
The man behind his eponymous label has been working in fashion for more than half his life, making his start in the industry at the tender age of twenty, researching and consulting; he debuted his first collection in 1998. The Massimo Rebecchi range was born from the integration of tradition, honoring the brand’s Italian heritage by acquiring knowledge of cuts and fabrics, and innovation, developing technology and sourcing materials that are portable, easy to use, wear, and care for.
The Massimo Rebecchi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection is rich in textures and layers. Each ensemble is styled and pulled together with a cavalcade of design accents and accessories; rhinestones, toggles, quilting, ruching, gloves, legwarmers, belts, chokers, and oversized shoppers work in tandem to elevate the separates, giving each outfit a polished finish. Standout pieces amongst the collection’s 57 looks included: a belted top with an angled neckline paired with leather cuffed shorts; a grey leopard silk dress and fur vest; a heavier fur-trimmed jacket layered over a checked top and plaid shorts (blending patterns works best when you remain in the same color story, keeping one print minimal); a tweed short with a multi-color cardigan and anorak; a medallion print top and tapered grey trouser (loved the snapped ankle cuffs) balanced against a jacket with fur collar and cuffs; a medallion print dress and sleeveless fur jacket; a grey swing top and short black skirt; a ruched marigold dress; and a hand-dyed grey draped dress with cropped fur vest.
The Creative Director redefines the classic twin-set this season; a new suit evolves with the subtle pairings of delicately constructed jacquard tops and silk dresses in prints that almost work as neutrals against the more masculine wool anoraks and country-style leather hunting jackets trimmed in fur. “The season’s must-have item is the Parka-Gilet waistcoat in knitwear with fur inserts, to be worn with shorts or seduction tailored dresses, for a renewed night-version look.” Layered looks add a refinement and textural interest to the collection; the gradient of color from a deep indigo to the softest shade of grey is set off by the collection’s series of prints, a signature medallion, leopard, and inlaid hints of gingham, houndstooth, and plaid; marigold and aubergine provide the collection’s brightest pops of color. Massimo Rebecchi has said that he gears his collection towards the culturally eclectic consumer “Clothes that make you feel free to tell about your personality, without having to renounce luxury!”
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