The Design Brief
– Celebrate the iconic Peroni Nastro Azzuro blue ribbon
– Be inspired by the inherent Italian values of passion, craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Marco De Vicenzo
Head of Fendi’s Leathergoods studio as well as helming his own clothing line which debuted in Paris, January 2009
Fashion editor of Image Magazine since December 2011. Previously contributed to Irish Tatler, Sunday Independent and Confetti and is also a fashion expert for lifestyle programmes such as RTE’s Off The Rails.
Brand manager for Peroni Nastro Azzuro in Ireland who has also collaborated with Antonio Berardi.
Freelance stylist who has worked in Dublin, London and New York as well as a consultant, creative director and producer on fashion exhibitions and installations.
Founder of The Loft Market, a retail space for young designers.
Editor and co-founder of Thread magazine.
Aisling also curated a fashion show featuring the latest looks from the latest looks from the world’s leading Italian fashion houses.
Sleek models with poker straight hair and bright lips modelled everything from Missoni and Cavalli to Moschino and Miu Miu. The Prada pink dress with seafront print jacket and sparkly heals was a particular favourite. A genius matching of a black and white Giambattista Valli jumper belted with a black band was worn with a Giambattista Valli skirt printed with the same knit.
Once the show finished, the nerves started as each finalists’ design came out one by one.
Inspired by the Blu Riband award (where Peroni Nastro Azzuro derived its name) won by the Italian ocean liner in 1933, this 30’s inspired two piece incorporated blue ribbon in the trimmings.
Laura Jane Halton
Inspired by the colours and shapes of the ancient architecture and lanndscapes when journeying through Tuscany, this hourglass suit and coat incorporates the blue ribbon in its finishings.
Inspired by the movement of the blue ribbon. Part 1 of this post shows the inspiration and making of.
The Winner – Mary Callan
Starting with the double point shape on the ends of the ribbon, the shape was repeated and overlayed to achieve this bold intarsia design incorporating the colours of the Peroni label.
Even though I didn’t win, I was proud to be a finalist alongside the all female talent on show. Plus I got a gorgeous bunch of flowers as consolation.
All of the designs can be viewed until November 6th at Powerscourt Centre.