|Allegri knits and accessories|
High School of Fashion Industries/NYC
words/images Judith Ecochard
Three years and counting, outerwear specialists, the Italian Allegri...sponsored a contest for those immensely talented seniors at NYC' HS of Fashion Industries...with the ultimate prize of glory, bragging rights---and a limited edition collection of those winning designs.
AND---in a imaginative presentation, invited media got to preview the winning Allegri collection for Fall 2012 too.
PLUS we were reminded once again....why this company has the tagline "...the architects of fabrics..."---with a library, in a manner of speaking----of over two thousand invented by them- fabrics---including the buzzed about waterproof cashmere.
(FYI: treatment at the thread level-NOT a coated laminate-that is how the luxe wool retains its legendary softness).
|the color---is from the dyed down feathers underneath-coming through translucent like nylon fabric|
These pieces are from the Allegri-Tech collection-sporty separates...a modern riff on old school track jackets. Wear off the track with denim jeans.
|smart performance features-like inner storm flaps that zip up separately|
|a classic sturdy wool coat in a deep burnt orange tone reminded us of a melton wool coat we inherited designed by iconic American designer, Bonnie Cashin|
|zip hood detail-undo for a draped collar|
|love this classroom setting for the presentation|
BE impressed-these students, tasked with conjuring up men's and women's styles--- know how to construct garments from 'a (research) to z (finished garment)'---which is more than many successful fashion designers can manage...
|draping-practice before the real deal|
Students-with their respective designs---wearable/stylish garments par excellence-were judged by Eric Jennings (Saks Fith Avenue), model Michelle Alves and Allegri CEO Gian Maria Argenti.
|cropped motorcycle inspired-with a handy removable vest-nice|
|military polish-inside pockets too-|
The featherweight down jackets and vests are very popular-for both urban types and mountain bound athletes.
|belted-shaped down with roll shawl collar---or unzip for the hood|
|hardware-like bold zippers and princess seams flatter and add edge to puffer jackets/vests pack down into travel friendly pieces|
|love the fab jacket-with storm proof inner flaps|
|one of our fav items-plsuh cashmere wool overcoat with military details-|
|hefty gold metal hardware belt|
LUXURY is often the "simplest" designs-well made, tailored---
|we want-this color block op art pattern wool coat-lovely, belted|
|vertical quilting pattern is flattering|
|our fav men's jacket-wool down puffer-tailored take on a winter staple...|
Prices-$600-$1100 for outerwear---available worldwide and in the USA--- at upscale boutiques and department stores such as---Saks, Bergdorfs, Bloomingdales...