If you Know Alexandre Blanc, you would know that the prints he designs and paints are the starting point of all his collections. This season, for the very first time, the designer finds his inspiration in his Italian origins to evoke the rich artistic past of the country.
Slim Aarons‘ photographs of Italian high society in their element depict a certain decadent slice of the cultural elite, where dressing up was an act of leisure and pleasure. For Spring/Summer 2022, Alexandre Blanc celebrates this exuberant femininity with a cocktail-themed collection, alluding to a bygone form of social extravagance.
“I’ve never shown anything so Italian,” explains Alexandre, “It’s not just my family heritage, it also comes from my personal taste for the country. The art and architecture are a huge and ongoing source of inspiration for me.”
This season’s styling exercise around prints was born from a visit to the Villa Farnese in Caprarola. The geometric patterns on the floor and walls of the palace contrast with swirling animal motifs, all printed on textiles that intentionally retain their painterly feel. The colors echo the gouache hues of the frescoes, with touches of bright yellow, pink and acid green.
While continuing to work on the neckline of his signature fitted dresses and wrap blouses, Alexandre explores new revealing volumes: a draped strapless dress, a sleek tunic and flowing printed silk pajamas.
High-end fabrics ranging from crepe de Chine to shantung linen are highlighted by a range of limited edition jewelry made in collaboration with Maison Goossens Paris. For their second collaboration, the shapes have been pushed further this season with hand-hammered brass, glass and pearls in a selection of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and even eyeglasses with organic shapes.
To showcase his collection, Alexandre and his stylist perched handmade raffia hats on the heads of models. Or maybe they’re masks? For Alexandre, they are a final nod to Italian culture, to grand balls in classic movie scenes with fantastically well-dressed guests. “I make clothes with personal designs, joyful and made for going out and having fun. This is the almost supernatural fantasy of Federico Fellini, but with a real taste for modern life.