Who is Vincent? I’ll tell you: an emerging designer to keep an eye on, who I fell in love with for the rich aesthetic, the daring cuts, the fresh opulence. Vincent Billeci, born in 1988, impressed me first with his autumn-winter collection and then won me over with the SS15. I think he’s going to do the same to you!
Vincent was born in Palermo, but lives and works between Milan and a small town in Sicily called Isola delle Femmine. He studied fashion design with a specialization in communication strategies in the fashion world until 2011, when he started creating small collections of unique pieces of women’s ready-to-wear and accessories.
If the statement “fashion is never just the clothes“is true, I think that it’s due to the story behind every creative project. In the case of young talent Vincent we discover that each collection is inspired and characterized by a thorough search of the religious traditions of Sicily, an island rich in art and culture that have passed through the millennia – now creating a new substrate of local crafts. The designer thus comes together with silversmiths and leather goods craftsmen in Palermo, and there are many artists from different fields who contributed with their talents to the final result of Vincent SS15 collection.
Have you ever hear the name Ballarò? It’s a historical market in the town of Palermo from which it takes its name. The popular markets of Ballarò and Vucciria are the iconic places that inspire Vincent SS15 collection, taking the suggestions of continuous chatter, along with the light-heartedness of the summer festivals – with their fireworks – and some stylistic dictates of the 40s and the 50s.
The silhouettes of Vincent SS15 are sinuous and vertical. Ultra-feminine lace alternate with androgynous looks that borrowfabric and solutions from the male wardrobe. One of the main threads of the collection is the knot: one example above all is the turban decorated with sequins crystallization, jais (black polished stones) and caboches. We can find this pyrotechnic kind of decoration, full of color and lights, also in the new bag FESTA (that means party), born from the collaboration with the art director Bruno Alessio.
Another important detail: have you noticed the pockets? From a functional element they become an external whim: made in lace or decorated with stones. Among the fabrics are chiffon and organza, shantung silk, satin and marroquin, taffeta and lace macrame, ending with grisaille and pinstriped.
What I showed you is just a glimpse of the wonderful Vincent SS15: if you love the colors, the energy and positivity of these models inspired by magic Sicily, stay tuned on my blog Sterlizie!
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