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Frankie Morello Womenswear S/S11

Americana influences ruled the show with denim bustiers and chambray shirts

A group of girls and boys nonchalantly lounging outside a caravan was the first sight at the Frankie Morello show on Thursday. According to the designers, it was that very picture that also inspired their collection for next summer. The show started with yet another take on the “underwear as outerwear” trend – denim bustiers were layered over chiffon dresses, sheer dressing gowns were paired with jeans – only to reveal more deconstructed silhouettes later. Americana influences echoed in the heavy use of denim, with the most interesting piece being the chambray shirt that hung off one shoulder to become the bodice of an evening gown.

Dazed Digital: Can you tell us more about your inspiration?
Frankie Morello:
We imagined a new band that goes to play at Coachella! They’re young, they’re fun. They travel in a caravan and they’ve got their boyfriends with them. The collection is supposed to make you feel like one of those girls.

DD: There was a lot of underwear worn as outerwear in the show…
Frankie Morello:
Yeah, that came from Courtney Love. She’s the prototype of a rock chick. Look at any girls in bands today and they’re trying to do the same thing.

DD: What’s your favourite piece from the show?
Frankie Morello:
The long chiffon dressing gowns. The look great worn over shorts!