The words ‘simple’ and ‘understated’ are so far away from Gaetano Navarra’s spring 2012 collection that the two seem in no reachable proximity. Detail is the master of this collection. From pleats that drape in blocks of colour or busy, baroquely ornate prints, to vibrant lace that has more than one sheer panelled moment. If simplicity did so much as think about coming near, it pondered over the black pieces; but block-toned they may be, lacking detail they are not. With leather trimmings, lace, ruffles and layers of opaque over sheer, even the black pieces – on inspection – have a level of intricacy about them.

None of this is a failing. Far from it, Navarra’s outfits hit notes both whimsical and beautiful.

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Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12
Gaetano Navarra S/S '12

Keep an eye out for the tunics made from strips of fabric – there’s a hint of Roman soldier that’s been taken, feminised, and dipped in brightly coloured die.

For the full look book from Gaetano Navarra‘s spring 2012 collection, click on the thumbnails above.

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