3 Questions for Edoardo Caovilla

His big moment has arrived.

Edoardo Caovilla, the son René Caovilla, debuted his collection for his father’s Italian label in Milan last week.

The younger Caovilla, COO and creative director at the family business, became head designer at the firm earlier this year.

His spring ’14 collection plays up the luxury details his father his known for and incorporates them into modern silhouettes, including sneakers for the first time.

Caovilla took time out during Milan Fashion Week to discuss his creative vision for the company.

1. What were your biggest inspirations this season?
The Hollywood Regency style has influenced my work as the classical art elements merge with fancy details, reflective surfaces and shiny architectural hardware. Geometry also has a key role in the collection. Crystals and stones in different shapes create a timeless and emotional beauty, like in Robert Mapplethorpe’s portraits for fashion publications in the 1980s. I decided to dedicate the collection to the fascinating and powerful actresses who expressed their femininity on the big screen from the 1930s to the 1960s. My favorite shoe is the Marlene, a sculptural sandal with a labyrinth of shapes and decorations that illuminate the legs. I also added a vertigo heel to give an über-sexy touch.

2. How would you describe the new sneakers?
I dreamed of giving a luxury touch to the casual looks. I added embroidery and crystals to the sneakers, as we do to the espadrilles. The idea is to let women look special and feel unique, even with a casual and daily look.

3. What is the most important thing your father has taught you about design?
My father taught me passion. [He taught] me to [emphasize] innovation each season and build unique collections.

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