By Grandin Donovan
Tommaso and Roberto's creative process tends to oscillate between collaboration and individual work. Each season, the choice of fabric is their critical first step. Following extensive research and meetings with suppliers and producers, they discuss what they can realize with their textiles, table initial ideas, and then develop their own concepts into sketches, reconvening later to examine what they've come up with. "We compare and work together," says Roberto. Adds Tommaso, "We are constantly checking in with each other."
Each of us has his own experience, his own story," says Tommaso. "Roberto is grounded, and I am more of a dreamer.
The spring/summer 2007 collection reached back to flapper-flounce cues from the '20s and '30s, but returned for another dose of '80s edge. While the aggressive cuts and sharp jackets remained, the more natural fabrics of previous seasons yielded to techier textiles. Lurex; cotton, linen and satin crepe spun with metallic thread; deco geometric prints; and micro-bead embroidered mesh appeared in an iridescent palette of black, bronze, silver, lapis lazuli, and smoky quartz.
Our identity is always the same," says Tommaso. "The line rests always on the construction and the research of the fabrics. Every season we have different input from what is current, but the severity remains.