The Athé collection is intended for a young woman who is in pursuit of refinement and who wants to compile a wardrobe of worthwhile clothes and at the same time identify with Vanessa Bruno’s characteristic codes. The signature features of this wardrobe are the boldness of the attitude deliberately mixed with other attitudes that are intimately part of the contemporary woman. The palette is feminine and neutral, powdery tones, off-whites and dark greys, and colors like emerald green and ruby red which intensify these winter shades.
Jackets come in several volumes, a masculine snug blazer, a micro jacket with minimalistic details, a draped smoking in viscose crepe and wool and a biker in boiled wool and leather. Coats are chic in wool and double-faced wool serge with delicate topstitching, piping and leather details. The biker comes in wool and denim and also a Shetland wool coat with fitted volumes.
Romantic with a grunge undertone the dresses are more like dresses from the old days, fragile and nonchalant, they are in silk, printed or solid and each one shows delicate work: either pleats, ribbing, embroidery, incrusted with lace and smocking. Worn with a peacoat or an oversize tweed jacket and suede boots this feminine collection gives off a whiff of the 90’s along with a grunge attitude. This vintage hope chest is renewed with lace work, beaded embroideries and pleating on minimalistic volumes like a T-shirt or a man’s shirt.
Urban dresses are structured with fluidity and have a feminine approach mixed with comfortable ease and come in viscose crepe and smooth stretch wool. Tie printed crepe de Chine has loose-fitting tailoring, jacket and pants like chic pajamas. Masculine shirts and a revisited tennis dress are renewed with mixed printed patches. The essential pleated skirt becomes elegant in crepe de Chine.
Knitwear focuses on the sailor sweater in wool merinos and is also declined in a sweat, a skirt and a dress. A biker jacket worn with a round neck knit with biker details gives a rock touch to the collection. Hound’s-tooth wool jacquard and a cardigan and sweat learn towards a boyish attitude. Knitwear is perfectly illustrated harmonizing romantically feminine and grungy coy casual with a poncho in tweed mohair, a loose-knit sweat and a herringbone lambs wool coat.
Clothes deriving from the sports world take on a new form in a casual way. Bombers become urban and chic with minimal volumes and highlighted with leather. The puffer sports wool and cotton patches with leather highlights. Leather patched zipped parkas with detachable hoods in cotton Macintosh. Skinny pants come in denim and stonewashed velvet, printed cotton, patched cotton and with biker details. The sweat is declined in wool tweed jersey with leather details and in gold bouclette jersey and mohair ribbing. Lurex T-shirts in blended colors in all shapes and volumes are a must for winter.
The allure of this collection tends to be subtly urban and mixes the inspiration of a masculine-feminine wardrobe and fragile contemporary romanticism suggesting a chic nouveau grunge silhouette for the Vanessa Bruno line.