Where does a journey start, and where does it end?
After all, life itself is a journey. Some prefer it to be simple, without too many jolts, while others
look for movement and adventure, searching for something that is continuously renewed while
guided by curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
Sometimes the journey is the best part of the destination.
This time, the inspirational theme of the Avant Toi SS 2021 collection is not a country but a
vehicle. The most famous and celebrated means of transportation in last century’s cultural
imaginary: the magnificent Orient Express, which made the East feel terribly, exotically closer.
Pleasures and mysteries, luxury and spices, splendor and allure which endure.
The Avant Toi woman finds herself perfectly at ease: a little bit princess, a little bit spy. She is
valorized by hand painted, rustling and colorful silk which is declined in high-waist pants with a
boot cut, gowns which appear almost liquid, sweaters and jackets which elegantly hug her form
and can be worn at all times.
A roaring and romantic collection, like the ‘30s from which it descends. Colors which can only be
imagined when looking at black and white movies, that come alive thanks to a touch of lurex
and Mirko Ghignone’s knowledgeable hands which make the colors deeper thanks to the use of
contrast: Silence, golden ochre yellows that recall the almost mystical relaxation of the desert,
Danube Blue which enhances every complexion, Apple, a lively and energetic green, refined
Toffee and Walnut, spiced like nutmeg. Vibrant orange Marmalade and Venetian red.
Very different decorations and patterns are happy to mix in ornate but light outfits. The silk tunic
with long sleeves and a scoop neckline is covered in Toffee lozenges edged in black, inaccurate
enough to show that they are painted with a brush. Instead, the coloring of the high-waisted
stretch silk trousers is made by hand, mixing Silence with Toffee and other neutral colors.
Some garments are covered in brush strokes declined in the collection’s colors, such as the blue
silk jacket that has a flower print base, or the ribbed fabric in very soft viscose with which the
short-sleeved, boat-neck shirt and the pants are realized, where the red base is sprayed with
black and dotted with points of light in silver lurex.
The flowers are instead stylized in ton sur ton on the Rosso Veneziano jacket or on the Apple
trousers, with a three-dimensional and pleasantly wavy effect, or classically printed on the
minidress. On other garments they are hand painted: large irises on one half of the smooth silk
duster, half blue half green, with small patch pockets on the front; explosive brush strokes on
the linen jersey tank top and on t-shirts; lovable peonies on the silk dress; matissiani on the
reversible bomber with pink silk on the outside and bluette cashmere and silk on the inside.
Fleece lives a moment of glory in the Apple parka: a sleeveless hoodie with a zip closure, in which
one side is covered with sequins colored in mother-of-pearl, expertly applied so as to ripple
without danger, everchanging in the reflections of light and three dimensionality.
The long Silence sweater in cotton with half sleeves recalls Charleston with its deep neckline and
a ribbon that knots as it descends, for a languid and feminine approach.
There are many proposals in linen and cotton for the warm season, such as the duster and
trousers painted in Silence, or the dress and the t-shirt with red flowers as large as fireworks. A
cloud of paprika appears to have landed on the light gauze cotton cardigan with flared sleeves.
As usual, the large foulards that complete the AVANT TOI look retain the materials, colors and
patterns of the collection: vintage scarf inserts, hand painted silk, or printed and then handcolored, in the hues of Silence, Apple, Marmalade, and blue with an almost liquid movement.
The man also wants his part, a tightrope between gentleman and adventurer, and AVANT TOI
has prepared his classics: slouched shirts with destroyed finishes, destructured and calibrated
jackets, pants in which the apparently sporty cut it is treated with great sophistication. The
extensive use of silk in the men’s collection unravels new, intriguing possibilities: pants, jackets
and shirts with a nonchalant elegance.
The total look is developed in more sober and reassuring colors, such as Corda on the
cotton/linen jacket in micro-stitch worked with a herringbone tweed effect, or on the ribbed
cardigan that manages to be sexy and sporty together. The two-button jacket is realized with
creased, stretch cashmere and silk, while the reversible blouson is waterproof on the outside,
and blue cashmere and silk on the inside. A powder coloring creates landscapes that never tire
on brushed cotton sweatshirts and sweaters, while those decorated with a brush opt for
structures between futurism and cubism.
Large foulards are coordinated to the collection also for men, using an almost impalpable
cashmere gauze or modal, to be chosen with mixtures of colors that seem to change depending
on how you wear them, or more liquid stripes, or even painted flowers.
Lightness and beauty, awareness and joie de vivre: once again, despite its continuous mutation,
AVANT TOI firmly evolves in its values and emotions which it manages to transfuse in each of its