Diego Binetti’s presentation at Lincoln Center’s The Box certainly woke me up on an early Saturday morning. I’ve been a fan of his work for several seasons now but nothing quite prepared me for the world of chic luxury that awaited me inside. Models posed in a variety of romantic postures, forming a circle around a model lazily lounging on a vintage-inspired couch. While gazing at Binetti’s use of rich fabrics and colorful embellishments, it is hard not to feel a touch of escapism.
Most of Binetti’s garments consisted of flowing dresses in neutral black and whites, adorned with sequins and bold accents. Other pieces were far more extravagant, featuring animal prints, ostrich feathers, and colorful detailing. Slowly inching from one look to the next, I felt like I was in some sort of distorted zoo. Instead of animals roaming around aimlessly, these exotic glamazons stood frozen in a new and far more beautiful habitat created solely for our eyes.
Hailing from Italy and growing up in Buenos Aires, Binetti clearly appreciates a woman’s body and understands how to accentuate her best features. His style of fabric draping, intricate sequin placements and rich textures paired with classic headbands, clutches, and rings make every garment in his collection special and different from the next. A woman would be the “belle of the ball” in any of Binetti’s creations. That much I am sure.