Francesco Scognamiglio Fall 2011: Svelte Sophistication

MILAN--It's difficult to find up-and-coming talent in Milan. Believe us, we're not knocking the city's fashion industry--it's storied and established--but incubating young and burgeoning designers is not part of their current M.O. But that may be changing. Swarovski, the company that combs the earth searching for talented artists who are passionate about using the Austrian brand's materials, has found a gem in Francesco Scognamiglio. The Italian designer is definitely not a newcomer--he worked with Versace for most of the '90s, launched his couture label in 2000, and has been putting out ready-to-wear since 2001. But it wasn't until Lady Gaga wore a cape specially made by Scognamiglio that his name was heard loudly in international fashion.
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MILAN--It's difficult to find up-and-coming talent in Milan. Believe us, we're not knocking the city's fashion industry--it's storied and established--but incubating young and burgeoning designers is not part of their current M.O. But that may be changing. Swarovski, the company that combs the earth searching for talented artists who are passionate about using the Austrian brand's materials, has found a gem in Francesco Scognamiglio. The Italian designer is definitely not a newcomer--he worked with Versace for most of the '90s, launched his couture label in 2000, and has been putting out ready-to-wear since 2001. But it wasn't until Lady Gaga wore a cape specially made by Scognamiglio that his name was heard loudly in international fashion.
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MILAN--It's difficult to find up-and-coming talent in Milan. Believe us, we're not knocking the city's fashion industry--it's storied and established--but incubating young and burgeoning designers is not part of their current M.O.

But that may be changing. Swarovski, the company that combs the earth searching for talented artists who are passionate about using the Austrian brand's materials, has found a gem in Francesco Scognamiglio. The Italian designer is definitely not a newcomer--he worked with Versace for most of the '90s, launched his couture label in 2000, and has been putting out ready-to-wear since 2001. But it wasn't until Lady Gaga wore a cape specially made by Scognamiglio that his name was heard loudly in international fashion.

Scognamiglio's aesthetic is undeniably Italian--lots of fur, lots of frills--but there is an aura of refinement that makes them appropriate for all different types of women. We were particularly taken with the putty colored pieces at the beginning of the collection, especially the v-neck dress with a ring of fur attached to the hem, as well as the bateau neck dress with delicate pearls and crystals placed to create a subtle floral pattern.

Will we be seeing more of Scognamiglio? We think yes. The red carpet is calling.

(Disclosure: Swarovski sent me to Milan so that I could see Scognamiglio's work close-up.)

**Photos by Imaxtree.