Colour is all-important with a gorgeous softened palette of delicious citrus, apple,
lemon,mimosa, dusty peach and old rose. Richer shades of mango, raspberry and
sage are added for weekend pieces, alongside vibrant summer bright turquoise and
hot pink with white.
Beautiful natural fabrics are always important in our summer collections and we’ve
found a special cotton-rich Italian jacquard for our stunning occasion-wear perfectly
tailored longline jacket and matching shift dress. Ideal for a stylish summer wedding
both can be worn separately for a smart, less formal look: the jacket with white jeans
and jersey top, the Dress with a toning cardigan or bolero, making them
Linen is a summer staple we know and love. When it comes to staying cooling in the
heat it really can’t be beaten: it’s highly breathable, much more so than cotton, due
to its comparatively lower thread count. I particularly like the new washed linen
fabric we have sourced with it’s soft, slightly ‘worn’ feel and used in our flattering
tunic dress, an eminently useful, relaxed look for a warm summer day, and the
pull-on cropped trousers, great for holidays.
Dresses worn over trousers are a big fashion trend this season and the tunic Dress
in a slightly smarter linen and lively print would look great layered over slim white
jeans, while the sleeveless striped linen dress is elegant and versatile for any
occasion. An essential must-have item this summer is the A-line skirt in a new linen
blend and with a touch of stretch it keeps its shape. Wear with a neat top or tucked
in shirt for fashion’s favoured current look.
The ramie tunic is a timeless silhouette with contrast embellishment, flattering
bracelet length sleeves, and destined to become an enduring summer favourite.
Inspired by the catwalks floral prints continue to evolve. From Rococo-style
jacquard florals with ruffles and raw hems at Marques’Almeida to subdued,
blousy '70s bopuets at Chloe, and neon carnations at Balenciaga, there is nothing
average or 'ditsy' about these. The new season florals are bold, dramatic, oversized
and make a real style statement. My favourites include a true ‘garden party’ dress
in soft blues; the Italian Printed Maxi Dress, in a subtle floral print, for glamorous
summer evenings; the stunning Placement Floral Print Tunic, and a knock-out
dress in a sophisticated over-scaled blooming placement print.
Our ‘wear forever’ pieces, the reworked classics, are as strong as ever and
continue to offer unbeatable value and style. They epitomize the Artigiano
look and include:
- The stretch wool blazer, a go-to layering piece and an absolute must in the
season’s favourite new colour of soft rose pink. Throw on over jeans and
a t-shirt for casual wear, over a dress for something smarter, or wear with
matching trousers for a sleek trouser suit look in chic head-to-toe pink
- White jeans are officially back on the fashion map and will work with pretty
much anything in your current wardrobe. Dress up with a smart jacket, down
with a tee or simple top for an easy, pared-back weekend look, or combine
cropped white jeans with a longer-length floral top and some strappy sandals
for slick off-duty wear.
- The perfect shift dress, re-interpreted in a stunning ‘painterly’ abstract print,
inspired by Italian designers, is an investment buy with its body shaping
properties that slim and smooth in all the right places.
- Wrap dresses are so flattering and designers are continually revisiting and
reinvigorating this one item that makes all women feel good. Our signature
jersey dresses are updated this season in fabulous new plain colours or a lovely
splashy floral print, with shorter sleeves, a soft flared skirt, and adjustable
ties for the perfect fit.
For those all-important finishing touches, gorgeous new accessories add a
stylish and contemporary accent to this summer’s dressing with glamorous
Jewelled Suede Pumps,glossy Patent Leather Cork Wedges and the perfect
bag for holidaying or day trips.
I hope you will be inspired by Artigiano’s exciting new collection and discover
the looks to keep you cool, confident and fashionable throughout the coming