Designer Focus

Sara Lanzi

With collections that are often envisioned by a single fabric, Sara Lanzi’s eponymous Italian label brings a new femininity to an otherwise classic aesthetic. Focusing on raw materials, delicate draping and fluid pleats Lanzi’s eye for detail elevates the separates from simple basics to intriguingly fresh separates.

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About the designer

Autodidactic designer Sara Lanzi launched her eponymous womenswear brand in 2005. The La Spezia-born creative always housed a fascination for drawing, leading her to study Conservation of Cultural Heritages before showcasing her artistic influences in womenswear. The Italian designers’ collections were immediately celebrated, as shows at Paris Fashion Week were met with enthusiasm and Vogue Italia awarded her first prize for upcoming young fashion talent of 2007.

Both time and meticulous craftsmanship are imbued in Sara Lanzi’s collections, as she steps back from the rapid pace that the mainstream fashion industry entails. The designer’s garments are handmade piece by piece, while her Perugia-based atelier ensures that both fabrics and talent are sourced locally. She describes the design process as a way of giving birth gradually, in a way that honours the “Made in Italy” label with precision. The label’s collections are characterised by a distinct sense of minimalism, fused with colour and an eye for avant-garde embellishments. Staple pieces are frequently crafted from a single fabric, an aesthetic that is often the backbone of Lanzi’s designs. Balanced yet delicate materials, such as silk or crisp cotton, are regularly elevated with hints of texture.

Collection autumn/winter 2017

Sara Lanzi abided by her signature clean-cut silhouettes and her flair for raw materials for this autumn/winter 2017 collection. The neutral colour palette of grey, black and white was accentuated by a khaki and burgundy hue, enhancing the sophisticated looks. Midi dresses and skirts featured various pleated designs or were accentuated by a black polka-dot pattern framed by a white background. A khaki workwear-inspired sleeveless jumpsuit with utilitarian pockets was paired with a white cotton shirt where the black rib knit sweater allowed an asymmetrical appeal due to its detachable sleeve design.