Blumarine Fall-Winter 2023 - Milan Fashion Week

Blumarine Fall/Winter 2023 – Milan Fashion Week

February 26, 2023
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Blumarine’s creative director, Nicola Brognano, has always been focused on pushing the fashion brand forward, rather than dwelling on its past. However, a chance encounter with a 1990s image of actress Milla Jovovich led Brognano to rediscover the movie “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” which starred Jovovich. The film captivated Brognano and inspired him to use Joan of Arc as the muse for Blumarine’s latest collection.

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Brognano’s interpretation of Joan of Arc was a departure from the label’s usual flirty and frilly aesthetic. Instead, he opted for a more intense and erotic vibe, using the character’s legendary strength and passion as inspiration. The collection was showcased in a stony, barren set with a blazing iron-cast B symbolizing Joan’s pyre.

The Fall/Winter 2023 collection was a mix of metallic and liquid fabrics, featuring tight-fitting draped minidresses, floor-sweeping shearling greatcoats, slender see-through tunics, and midriff-baring tops. Brognano also included chunky buckles and knee-high shearling boots in the collection. The eveningwear options included a form-fitting leopard-printed jersey gown and a flame-red asymmetrical frayed-hem gown.

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Brognano’s interpretation of Joan of Arc was a bold move, but he pulled it off with confidence, creating a collection that was both visually stunning and true to the brand’s roots. The designer hinted at Joan’s complexity only tangentially, focusing instead on her visual appeal. With a coterie of fearless Blumarine models, Brognano proved that even on a red carpet, relaxed glamour can be achieved with aplomb.

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