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VINCENT – Fall Winter 2014

I’m pretty sure that Vincent Billeci would have been a worthy protégé of the Florio family, the enlightened Sicilian entrepreneurs who launched Palermo as cultural capital at international level during the Belle Epoque. I can imagine him next to the most important Palermitan Art Nouveau representative artists such as Ernesto Basile and Ettore De Maria Von Bergler, while he drapes the high tech fabrics of his autumn-winter 2014 collection on the curvy body of Donna Franca Florio.
 
 

The weft of iridescent lace resembling the flowers depicted in the tea room of Villa Igiea, climbs upon the hems of wool coats, long transparent skirts and short dresses, framed with fierce lions’ heads as those guarding the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. The Klimt-like golden details highlight the curves of the body through dizzying necklines or circular cuts on quilted 3D surfaces. In addition, considering that the it-girls (contemporary spiritual heirs of Donna Franca Florio) don’t wear only evening gowns, Vincent downplays the solemnity of the collection with a selection of casual boy-ish items like the white shirt with colored lace detail, neoprene sweatshirts with the iconic ex-voto lace cow and finally the long trousers with golden turn-ups to match with a maxi-bag.

 

Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 meets Ettore De Maria Bergler frescoes in Villa Igiea, Palermo, 1908
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection meets Ettore De Maria Bergler frescoes in Villa Igiea, Palermo, 1908
 
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 meets Ettore De Maria Bergler frescoes in Villa Igiea, Palermo, 1908
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection meets Ettore De Maria Bergler frescoes in Villa Igiea, Palermo, 1908

 

Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 meets Giuditta I by Gustav Klimt, 1901
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection meets Giuditta I by Gustav Klimt, 1901

 

Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 meets Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt, 1902
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection meets Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt, 1902
 
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 meets Donna Franca Florio by Giovanni Boldini
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 meets Donna Franca Florio by Giovanni Boldini

 

Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection - Boy-ish moodVincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection - Boy-ish mood
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection - Boy-ish moodVincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection - Boy-ish mood
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection – Boy-ish mood
 
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection

 

Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection

 

Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection

 

As usual, the show ends with the accessories, infact, for the next winter you can find two new sizes of the Rosalie bag (mini and maxi), a new golden version of the Cow-bag, with the iconic ex-voto cow, and finally a new debut: the Lion-box, a small box leather clutch decorated with a fierce lion echoing the door knocker of an ancient gate.
 
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 collection meets Tragedy by Benedetto Civiletti, Teatro Massimo, Palermo
Vincent Billeci fall winter 2014 Lion-box meets Tragedy by Benedetto Civiletti, Teatro Massimo, Palermo

 

Lion-box - Vincent Billeci FW 2014
Lion-box – Vincent Billeci FW 2014

 

Golden Cow bag - Vincent Billeci FW 2014
Golden Cow bag – Vincent Billeci FW 2014

 

Rosalie maxi bag - Vincent Billeci FW 2014
Rosalie maxi bag – Vincent Billeci FW 2014

 

Rosalie mini bag - Vincent Billeci FW 2014
Rosalie mini bag – Vincent Billeci FW 2014
 
Season after season, it’s nice to see that Vincent Billeci continues to build his own style updating the main themes of the Sicilian tradition through minimal cuts, shiny surfaces and an obsessive attention to details that not only enhance the precious local craft workers, but also highlight the human factor of this region.
Long live the real Sicily, long live the heat and passion of Sicilian people, long live the Sicily by Vincent.
 
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator

 
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6 thoughts on “VINCENT – Fall Winter 2014”

  1. Davvero molto bella questa collezione, come sempre a dire il vero.
    Vincent Billeci è uno dei giovani designer che più m’incuriosiscono. Mi riprometto sempre di scrivere un post ma tu mi batti sempre sul tempo 😉
    Adoro i primi due abiti in pizzo, la camicia con la banda a contrasto, la felpa con la mucca e ovviamente la Cow Bag, una di quelle borse che mi piacerebbe tanto avere assieme alle Bruzziches e alla Baobab di Miyake.
    I parallelismi col Liberty e la Secessione sono impeccabili e bellissimi visivamente. In più io adoro donna Franca Florio, sublime nel ritratto di Boldini.
    Ottimo post.
    Baci

    Alessia
    ElectroMode

  2. Mi sei mancato Ale.
    Sapevo che mi mancavi ma con questo post ho realizzato perché – o meglio uno dei perché -.
    Mi mancava perdermi nei viaggi extrasensoriale che solo i tuoi collage e i tuoi racconti di moda sanno farmi fare.
    E poi le chicche che scopri, rispolveri o presenti.
    Vincent mi ha stregata e non saprei quale capo o accessorio identificare come ‘preferito’: forse il primo abito, che sembra pizzo iridescente ma a ben guardarlo ti viene il dubbio che sia una coltre di fiori in linea su uno specchio d’acqua, o quella gonna trasparente e ornata di fiori…è da togliere il fiato.

    Grazie come sempre per questi regali <3
    bacio Greta
    http://www.inmodaveritas.com

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