A terrific eye for color and knack for fabric experimentation are surely great assets, but Carolina Castiglioni is proving that her most valuable one is consistency. She might operate quietly and far from fashion week spectacles, but her quirky mix of workwear, sartorial elements and subtle femininity are increasingly turning Plan C into a byword for urban sophistication.
Her fall 2024 collection offered another big push in this direction, reinforcing her unique and coherent point of view with plenty of pieces that are desirable for their sense of ease and refinement.
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Coming in vibrant red, tobacco, yellow and black colors — inspired by the work of Italian artist Alberto Burri and a visit of Fondazione Burri at Città di Castello the designer took last year — the range hinged on geometries and new juxtapositions of texture.
Rectangular shapes informed the constructions of miniskirts and dresses, with the former featuring a panel that could be wrapped around the body for a minimal look or let loose like a train for more drama. In the same vein, workwear was crafted from duchesse satin to lent a shinier look to the graphic silhouettes, that often came with matching scarves or untied bowties.
Mannish sartorial codes were also given a twist, as seen in a herringbone wool coat reworked with a utility appeal and sliced on the sides to give a peek on what’s underneath. Elsewhere, the same fabric was used for textured suits jazzed up with playful pins. There were more fluid pinstripe alternatives that conveyed a cool, relaxed attitude.
Castiglioni introduced a yellow zippered jacket in waterproof rubber; pajama sets resembling regular striped cotton but with a paper-like texture; pony skin-covered blazer jackets and cardigans with a bourgeois appeal, and a standout white shearling coat oozing coziness with its cocooning shape.
The more feminine proposition was also highly appealing, ranging from gauze dresses embroidered with mohair threads for a textural effect to bias-cut paneled skirts and a tangerine fluid gown recalling the same construction.
Castiglioni also dove into accessories, including jewelry and new handbags, as well as expanded the footwear range to equestrian-inspired boots, pointy ballerinas and utilitarian padded boots in collaboration with Diemme.
Launch Gallery: Plan C RTW Fall 2024
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