No one does playful and feminine womenswear quite like Roberta Einer. Her SS20 Collection “Holiday” was a nostalgic ode to seaside vacations seen through vintage postcards from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and a nod to the iconic looks of Sophia Loren and Monica Belucci.
Einer has become known for her take on maximalist fashion; pairing dramatic colour with unlikely textiles and statement embellishments. The designer gave us pastel perfection in a sundress with bustier detailing; a much needed antidote to the ubiquitous LBD in ice cream shades. We saw fabulous oversized padded jackets in candy-coloured patchwork adorned with hand-embroidered lace and iridescent sequins. Mint silk was paired with nonchalant blush pink oversized knitwear, and we saw hints of the designer’s signature playfulness in Care Bear motifs – the collection was part of a collaboration with the toy brand – against bold textural lace.
With a colour palette of rosy pastels, mint, and soft blues punctuated with pops of vibrant orange, lemon, and lime, the SS20 collection was the very essence of summer. The designer revisited her sweetest childhood memories this season, giving us a collection with the same excitement as the anticipation of a trip away. We saw 90s-inspired corsetry, relaxed tailoring, pyjama-inspired silhouettes, and embroidered silk slips, as well as examples of Einer’s love of smocking in sugary pink bodycon.
Reminiscent of painted ceramics from the Italian Riviera, slices of juicy beaded oranges and lemons adorned a white mesh jumpsuit, and a cocktail dress was heavily beaded with coral and shells of iridescent jewels and shimmering pastel paillettes, like a collection of treasures brought home from the beach. Einer’s distinctive silhouettes pair seamlessly with the embellishments and embroidery characteristic of her more-is-more aesthetic.
LUCIE DHOG | WRITER
JUDE SWAN | PHOTOGRAPHER