Scritto da Livia Piredda 13 July 2017

Altaroma is over and now it is time for us to draw conclusions of what we liked more. As we already said in the previous articles, this edition of Altaroma disappointed all the insiders, whether they are  international  experts of the fashion system or  first- time preofessionals who are fighting through this world. Likley, there are realities which still worth it and represent a chance to evaluate positively this event again.

First Antonio Grimaldi, who, after the succesful presentation of his F/W 2017-18 collection during the Paris Fashion Week, opens the doors of his new showroom located in the hearth of Rome. It has been an exclusive party when people had the opportunity to enjoy a glass of champagne and, in the meanwhile,  admire the exhibition of his amazing creations.

Then the other noteworthy event was Clorofilia, a performance where nature was the protagonist. The Monitor Gallery of Rome was transformed in a natural space with metropolitan features thanks to the Antonio Panella’s installations. Among trees and sensorial sounds, were presented the Marco Grisolia’s capsule collection seasonless and the Marco D’Amico’s photography exhibition. The event wanted to place emphasis on the needing to create a collaborative relationship between human beings and Nature.

oreover, Filippo Laterza presented his new collection Fauve Couture. In the suggestive  Galleria d’Arte Moderna Mucciaccia, the designer exhibited 16 dresses inspired by the Matisse’s famous quote “ Color, even more drawing, is a means of liberation”. Indeed, the dualisms between color tones like red scarlet and red vermilion, pale pink and shocking Schiaparelli, green and green mint, yellow lime and blue Kline, were the absolute protagonists of the collection.

Shifting the focus to other realities, one of the activities that Altaroma constantly does is promoting the Roman fashion academies. Once again, the Accademia Costume e Moda and IED confrim themselves as leader of the craftsmanship and design fields.  Both, as usual, presented the work done by their students.

The first one highlighted projects in collaboration with leading fashion brands such as Brioni and Woolmark for men, and Maison Fendi, LGR, De Couture, Russo Casandrino, Dyloan for accessories design. This year a new project came out:  Creative New Knitwear Design. It was born by an outstanding collaboration with  the italian companies of the Knitwear Industry District, and was developed in partnership with Modateca Deanna. For the first time in the history of fashion academies, the masterpieces made by the master students were presented during the last edition of Pitti Filati.

The second one, on the other hand, organized a show called S.OGNI dedicated to the students’ aspirations and to the determination they put to pursue their dreams. The IED creations are a mix of craftsmanship and high tech technology  with a focus on embroidery, textile and details research . Daniele Cassioli, the greatest paralympic nautical skier of all time, took part of the runway as a testimonial. They all demonstrate that if we believe in our dreams, we are able to make them come true, despite the obstacles that may arise.

Among the other roman fashion academies, it has to be  mentioned the Altieri one, which for this edition of Altaroma introduced the third year students’ creations inspired by the seventies and eighties. Research and innovation are the main concepts  of these mini-collections showed on the Guido Reni District catwalk. Geometric fantasies and the use of materials such as neoprene, vinyl ecopelle, cady and mikado demonstrated the students’ maturity in modeling design and tailoring technology.

We close our review on the latest edition of Altaroma with the Ci.Effe event / prize, a cocktail party on the terrace of the famous Pasticcio restaurant. During the event, marked by many performances, Hoara Borselli, Tv presenter, awarded a prize to five influential companies: Moovenda, Mesauda Milan, Nuna Lie, CHA • VAL Milano, and MOA Master of Arts.