A few days before new designer Sofia Sizzi’s fashion week presentation I was invited down to her showroom to preview her debut collection, Giulietta. Sizzi, who has worked in design at Gucci and Calvin Klein, wanted to create a collection “committed to Italian tradition and quality craftsmanship with a modern silhouettes,” all while embodying the spirit of the women that inspired her. Her fall inspirations came from 1960’s Italian classics like Federico Fellini’s “Juliet of the Spirits” and Mario Monicelli’s “The Girl with a Pistol,” in which actress Monica Vitti dresses in conservative black dresses that still appear current after all these years.
Some of the highlights from Sizzi’s formal presentation of Giulietta during New York Fashion Week include a covetable black cape coat, a head-to-toe printed blouse and pant look inspired by the ceiling of an Italian basilica and an ankle-length lace skirt hand made in the same pattern. Each look was accessorized with leather-free shoes in satin and velvet, a perfect felt hat reminiscent of the 70’s and large jeweled earrings—all in tune with today’s art house vixen.