Gilberto Calzolari, the high-end prêt-à-porter brand made in Italy, brings their most “summery” collection, “Conte d’été” (A Summer’s Tale), to Milano Fashion Week. Designer, Gilberto Calzolari, inspirations for the collection included childhood memories of never-ending summers spent at the seaside, the summer breeze of the French Riviera in the 1960s and the image of the Milanese sophisticated and aristocratic woman.
The Spring/Summer 2022 collection, described by Calzolari, is eye-catching without frills and easy to wear that is made up of dresses, skirts and shorts. It’s designed with clean shapes and vintage-flavored volumes, such as the ’60s “bon ton” coat in floral print linen, worn over a yellow two-piece pin-up swimsuit, or like the green viscose trapeze dress with ruffle sleeves, or the orange top combined with a high-waisted swimsuit.
There are references to the beaches of Okinawa and Japan starting from the logo of intertwined ginkgo leaves to the fabric origami in the shape of a pinwheel on dresses or even hand-sewn together to form a top, a miniskirt and the final dress.
The chromatic combinations stand out so boldly throughout the “Conte d’été” collection with a range of bright and vibrant colors from pine green to fluorescent green, from pastel pink to purple, from orange to turquoise, from the brown background, from which large printed daisies bloom.
Furthermore, the collection has touches of white that culminate in the mini dress in Seaqual polyester duchesse entirely recycled from plastics recovered from the sea, and in the couture jacket with lantern sleeves in SFC-certified linen (whose crew neck displays the only black detail of the entire collection).
The dresses adapt to the different physicality of the female body, such as the wide sleeveless tulip dresses or the midi shirt-dresses in cotton canvas with double drawstring at the waist. Juggling in a sophisticated balance between opposites, where exquisite multi-pleated skirts with deep slits coexist with masculine bowling shirts (striped or in fluorescent green shantung), and delicate pink lurex origami tops are worn over sporty Bermuda shorts.
The collection’s accessories consist of delightful “lampshade” hats to protect the face from the sun, and origami bags in cotton canvas or vegan white nappa, both made in reversible print. The result is a collection that is a burst of pure energy, vibrant and colorful but always faithful to the brands DNA of a chic and elegant woman: a fresh and naive collection, at the same time sensual and sophisticated, but with a contemporary and urban touch.
To learn more about Gilberto Calzolari: https://www.gilbertocalzolari.com/.
About Gilberto Calzolari
Gilberto Calzolari is a high-end prêt-à-porter brand made in Italy with a “green” heart that believes that elegance and beauty must go hand in hand with respect for our planet. His style is represented by a glamorous and timeless design expressed in a refined silhouette of clean lines, exquisite details and unexpected combinations.
Precious fabrics, complemented by the highest quality in production techniques and tailoring craftsmanship, bear the hallmarks of a brand with a strong identity and code of ethics in tune with the needs of contemporary living, where innovation and environmental sustainability meet the creativity and elegance for which Made in Italy is known around the world, against the prevailing practices of today’s fast fashion.
### Source: Gilberto Calzolari, MFW