Meet Attico: the up-and-coming fashion design duo to name drop this year
Words Joy Montgomery
You may recognise them from the street style stage: a dynamic duo whose effortless fashion sense and raven-haired beauty can’t help but draw the camera’s lens. Yet Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini aren’t your regular style mavens. Attico (which translates to “penthouse” in English) is the hot new fashion brand created by two young, style-savvy women for young, style-savvy women.
Conceived in the back of a cab at New York Fashion Week in September 2015, Ambrosio and Tordini – one a fashion consultant and the other a New York designer – have risen to fame with their cohort of ‘it’ girls and fashionable friends, many of whom appear on their beautifully curated Instagram feed draped in the brand’s signature looks. With a dedicated following behind them and reputation as taste makers, Attico has gone from strength-to-strength and recently released an exclusive line with e-commerce behemoth Net-a-Porter.
Inspired by the classic peignoir (a woman’s light dressing gown or negligee), Attico’s signature robes look to the opulence of traditional smoking jackets, rendered in rich fabrics and intricate details – statement pieces which, when worn by their makers, draw envious stares at fashion week.
Rejecting the low-key minimalism of nomcore and athelsiure trends, the brand has instead ushered in a new love for decadence, drawing motifs from the sumptuous hues, fabrics and embroidery of vintage interiors and furniture. Yet, not unlike Molly Goddard’s edgy approach to tulle, Ambrosio and Tordini style their elegant, floor-grazing robes with cropped flares and black camis and layer velvet gowns over loose-fitting shirts, offering a distinctly fresh and grungy twist to the classic silhouettes.
For SS17 Attico have composed a collection of distinctly wearable looks. Interchangeable separates that include statement ruffled blouses and embroidered cardigans, alongside their iconic gowns rendered in luxe silks and embellished with Schiaparelli-like animal motifs – lobster included.