Backstage at Milan Fashion Week’s Maison Albino presentation, photographer Samantha Casolari focused her lens on the mood and milieu. Surrounded by a bevy of models in preparation for the show, she captured magnificent statues, imposing staircases, and closeups of eerie textures.
Though it’s still a relatively young brand (it launched in 2004), Albino’s creative director, French stylist and designer Albino D’Amato, is obviously preoccupied by classic timelessness. Whereas last summer had the label looking east, this new collection had disctinctly European elements: baroque detailing and intense bunches of lush fabric. Silhouettes relied heavily on asymmetry, from akimbo dresses and off-the-shoulder necklines, to an abundance of tiered layering. The maturity evident in the collection, which is anathema to the neons and bared skin found in most of the season’s collections, gave it a refreshingly austere edge, securing Albino’s place as one of the fairest of them all.