Roberta Furlanetto, born on the outskirts of Venice, Italy. Hers is a genuine passion for materials and colour. Curiosity and a taste for experimentation have led her to a wide range of experiences, all of them linked by a fierce need for self-expression. Roberta Furlanetto graduated from l’ Accademia di Belle Arte in Milan in 1990.
In 1992 she completed a maxi canvass using mixed techniques and collage which was commissioned by an art collector, who later showed her work to Christian Lacroix. Lacroix drew inspiration from this piece and invited Roberta to begin collaborating with him. She began creating exclusive pieces for his Haute Couture Shows. Nina Ricci soon followed suit, then Dior, Ungaro and Azzedine Alaïa.
In 2007 Roberta Furlanetto launched her prêt-a-porter collection. Each piece is created, developed and constructed on the body. Designed according to volume, asymmetry, and contrast. Suspended between geometry and pattern. The pieces are often brought to life with a total absence of seams: shapes are defined by means of folds, pressing, pleating, or by contact with internal structures designed to provide invisible support. They are the translation of an idea, simultaneously artistic and technical. Her approach is minimal and sumptuous, logical, sophisticated but practical and functional.
Roberta Furlanetto asserts that "… nothing is left to chance in my work". The singularity of Furlanetto’s work does not lie solely in the aesthetic quality of what she creates, but in the fact that she is able to reproduce its emotional intensity.
Roberta Furlanetto works from her atelier and studio in Milan.
Roberta Furlanetto resumes her creative path with a new self confidence, driving the brand concept towards a Neo Pragmatism where attitude means a lot and the right cut - where fabrics are substantial - becomes a statement more than ever before.
Daywear is the key to a mannish wardrobe with a sensual flow. A luxury basic that seize the archetypes of dressing as strongholds: shirts, pants, dresses, jackets and coats, all conceived through a thoughtful design process which starts from the classical codes of pattern constructions, working them out to a contemporary tailoring experimenting with bold new proportions.
A deconstructed loose fitting featuring tomboy looks, staged to practical purposes, and a more feminine silhouette, severe but sensual, both come from a unique design approach which outlines an everyday essential wardrobe with a supremely confident cut.
When it comes to materials, Roberta Furlanetto shows the skills of her fashion concept bringing out an intellectual allure. Wool-silk, cotton-linen, boiled wool and wool lace, facing cotton poplin, Japan technic fabrics and felted wool with a more curt hand, point out a double interpretation of the same item.
The essential palette goes from darker tones of Navy Blue, Smoke Grey, Underwood Green and Black to lighter Quartz Pink and Oxford Blue, as well as different hues of White: chalk, wool, custard.
Irresistible mannish coats to wear over a reshaped quintessentially Oxford blue man's shirt, boxy jacket or cashmere pullover and a wool lace chemisier dress, are a must. Over scale fitting and ergonomic tailoring, are the translation of classic standards into the new art-crafted daywear musts.