Was it a dream or was it reality? For her spring 2014 collection, titled 'Nocturnal Impressions,' designer Sofia Sizzi envisioned a woman going on a walk beneath the dark night sky. First, she wandered through a field wearing stark black as white dandelions blew in the wind. That’s how wispy white floral prints ended up on the classic black dresses, skirts and pants that opened the show.
The starting point for the next part of the collection was a 1950s image of a woman leaning against a building. “She had this amazing spectator piece, and it looked like she was projecting the building,” explained Sizzi before the show. Sizzi pictured her heroine venturing into Florence, the city where the New York-based designer grew up. “She starts wandering about the piazza, and all of these geometric elements from the Duomo and from all these various churches of Firenze make impressions on her delicate pleats,” she continued. Box-pleated skirts and dresses featuring architectural color-blocking and graphic geometric shapes were the strongest pieces of the whole collection, while the solid jumpsuits, gowns and dresses served as elegant staples that any woman would covet.
As is typical of the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, the collection had a strong vision, and it certainly made an impression.