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[dropcap]R[/dropcap]omeo Gigli is making a comeback in a collaboration with influential retailer Joyce.
The men’s and women’s Joyce by Romeo Gigli collection for fall will be unveiled on Joyce’s online store on July 1. It will then be presented at the chain’s Hong Kong and Beijing venues on July 24, followed by Shanghai and Venice, where Joyce will open its first pop-up store in the Italian city at the end of August. Gigli is expected to make personal appearances, and special window installations, combining the new line and archival pieces, will highlight the project.
In an exclusive preview, the intellectual designer, one of the hottest names around in the Eighties, showed an enduring fascination with fashion, unfazed by his ongoing legal battles with different previous owners and his short-lived collections with complicated names, such as Io Ipse Idem and XII XII XLIX par Romeo Gigli.
A look from the Joyce by Romeo Gigli collection for fall 2012 Photo By Dominique Maitre
The designer, still sporting a Peter Pan-like frame clad in one of his form-hugging looks and reveling in the project with Joyce, shunned nostalgia and dismissed any thought of drawing inspiration from his past. “I look ahead and behind me, but I live my own times, my daily life, marked by the engagements with my wife and my daughter,” said Gigli. He explained that he readily agreed to work with Joyce, “one of his first clients in the Eighties,” indulging in “the pleasure” of designing, with “the same attention” as in the past.
Romeo Gigli Photo By Dominique Maitre
The collection features 35 women’s and 20 men’s looks for fall, and the designer is already at work on the spring 2013 season. Andrew Keith, president of Joyce, said the project fulfills a long-standing dream, since the company worked with Gigli for the launch of his very first collection. Keith defined Gigli as “an amazing creative force” and praised “his use of sumptuous fabrics and the finesse with which he layers the different textures of fine silks, velvets, brocades.” Many of these fabrics were developed exclusively for this collection, made even more special, he said, by Gigli’s unique “artist’s sensitivity to color.”
Romeo Gigli RTW Spring 1986
Romeo Gigli RTW Fall 1986
For fall, Gigli said he did not want an Asia-centric collection, but that he did wish to emphasize “the face of Asian women and their gestures.” He also took into consideration the region’s weather and opted for lightness of weight and textures, as seen on a purple, feather-light silk and mohair coat or on a beaver fur coat with a cape.
The men’s collection includes fitted and extralong jackets and creased heavy cotton pants, reversible coats with silver fox-fur collars and comfortable tweed and flannel jackets. Colorful shirts come with high collars and bow ties. Fitted mohair pullovers are worn as vests, decorated with stripes and floral patterns. A men’s coat retails for between 14,500 and 48,900 Hong Kong dollars, or $1,868 and $6,302.