On the 24th February 2009, Matteo Marzotto announced the acquisition of the label Vionnet, and the creation of a new and independet structure in Milan where Vionnet is now operated.
Vionnet is now designed by Rodolfo Paglialunga who, prior to Vionnet, spetn 13 years as a designer of womenswear at Prada, and the previous four years at Romeo Gigli.
Paglialunga's first collection for spring works the tropes Vionnet was known for (Grecian draping, bias cut, exposed shoulders) without being a strict homage.
Versatility was a key Vionnet innovation, so some of the frocks can be worn back to front, while the capelike sleeves of a shirtdress can be tied behind the back to create a different, more casual silhouette.
The collection was at its most successful when Paglialunga kept things simple: One timeless bit of unfussy elegance (a sleeveless black cocktail number that billowed down the back) would be a welcome addition to any woman's closet.
From the collection I found this amazing Vionnet's gold and silver sequin-sprayed black silk-chiffon tunic.
Let the dress do the talking by teaming this lustrous style with jet black extras.
Black silk-chiffon draped sleeveless dress with gold and silver sequin detailing at front and back.