For his second United Colors of Benetton runway show, Andrea Incontri adopts the concept of infinity to sum up the brand’s generational history and transform the linearity of time into an endless cycle of products, values and aesthetics.
The collection is a synthesis of Benetton’s industrial heritage and begins with tailoring – jackets, trousers, coats in full, tonal colours, as well as in houndstooth check or tweed – and ends with workwear, particularly overalls, garment-dyed canvas skirts and jackets with contrasting stitching.
Colours and prints contrast with the clean, precise cuts, in a continuous variation that starts with black and white – fullness and void – and ends in grey and mirrored silver. Neutral colours serve as the extremes of an endless space of Benetton polychromy represented in the collection by seven saturated shades
The show which was held last week was completed by accessories that are glossy or mirrored – coloured or patterned bags, platforms, Mary Janes, loafers and combat boots in vinyl or eco-leather – or plush – furry belts, bags and footwear. Enamelled costume jewellery reprises the subjects of the prints, adding small, brilliant details.