They first came on my radar in early January. A dress they’d designed caught my eye one day whilst filling my virtual shopping cart on Net-a-Porter. The design reminded me of something I’d find in the closet of my great aunt. The sort of thing she’d have referred to as a “housedress”. She’d wear it while baking or maybe when she busied herself picking flowers from the garden to arrange on multiple vases in her home. The “they” I refer to is the design duo working under the collective label ATTICO.
Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio, are the Italian, vintage loving, street-style stars behind the label. It launched in February 2016 and has been garnering media attention ever since. Attico, is Italian for “penthouse”. Their dresses and robes invoke silhouettes from the 1930s; when boudoir dressing was a thing, and it had much more cachet than yoga pants or flannel jammies. Only this flirtatious version is meant to be worn outside the home; atop your cropped flared high waisted jeans.
It’s all about making jewelled colours, plush textures and opulent finishes seem effortless in their elegance. In their own words, “Each piece will teach, too: how to make thrown together appear dressed up, dressed up feel every day, and how to make every entrance feel like the entrance .”
Accessories, denims and separates are part of their recent collection; motifs (palm trees and birds) have an Asian tropical influence. Their purses are more like ornate velvet pillow shams you’d find in a thrift shop. Impractical? Perhaps, but on my wish list all the same. It would seem Attico is polishing up the vintage aesthetic in a very seductive way.