Soft summer dreaming: Raffaele Ascione

Summer is always equated to rest and relaxation and more often than not, spring / summer fashions are made for just that. Most of us are guilty of immediately associating the season to bright colored dresses in light weight fabrics. Taking a risk and going for something a bit different for the upcoming spring 2013 fashion season is Raffaele Ascione.

The Raffaele Ascione look book for spring / summer 2013 pays homage to the warm and happy colors of summer. Yellow, purple and green immediately takes you to a favorite summer destination. It makes you want to just sit back, relax and forget about the hustle and bustle of modern day living. What is really striking about this collection is that the pieces are more tailored as opposed to flowing the spring pieces that we are accustomed to seeing. Of course, any spring / summer collection should always have that effervescence and Raffaele Ascione does this with the help of sequins, embroidery and a hint of lightweight fabric. The combination of these details create a unique summer look that is very modern and chic.

Another notable thing about this collection is its take on the cropped top trend that we have been seeing all over the runways. While summer gives everyone a free pass to show skin and be a little sexier than usual, the cropped tops we see in this collection are more sophisticated than sexy. This was done through a well thought of balancing act: using kimono sleeves and longer hemlines to compensate for the shortened top.

Overall, the collection has pieces that you would want to wear to a summer party – on a yacht. It’s luxurious yet quirky, feminine yet strong. Raffaele Ascione has created a collection that will make your spring / summer a lot more interesting.

View the full look book from Raffaele Ascione by clicking on the gallery.