FLORENCE--Menswear aficionados will know the name Andrea Pompilio. He’s been “one to watch” since he won Pitti Uomo’s prestigious Who’s On Next design competition in 2011, and has been showing his menswear collections to critical acclaim during Pitti Uomo in Florence ever since.
Readers of this site might not be familiar with Pompilio’s work but now he’s given us ladies reason to take notice. Yesterday he presented his first ever womenswear collection.
After taking in Pompilio’s last two menswear collections at Pitti Uomo--a clever mix of Italian tailoring and American sportswear (Pompilio worked in New York for many years at Calvin Klein) done up in street-style baiting bold colors and prints--I selfishly just wanted some for myself. Apparently a lot of other women did, too. Enough for the designer to decide to launch a small women's collection.
And while not all women will be bold enough to wear the sporty clash of plaid track pants, fur trenches, and sweat shirt tops, I think many will (I’m looking at you Leandra Medine, Susie Lau, and any aspiring street style stars). The Céline influence can’t be denied, but Pompilio’s keen sense of print and color--not to mention his sense of humor--still comes through loud and clear.
I still wanted some of the menswear for myself, though. Especially the chunky double-breasted knits and the pom-pom smoking slippers.
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Photos: Courtesy Pitti Immagine