With a made-in-Italy ready-to-wear collection titled "Welcome to Miami," Palm Angels creative director Francesco Ragazzi has prepared a Florida furlough for spring/summer 2023.
The collection, which is characterised by the brand's distinctive streetwear design codes, boldly embraces the pinks, yellows, and blues of Magic City. The craftsmanship speaks for itself thanks to the clean, minimalist tailoring and recognisable silhouettes, but Ragazzi isn't afraid to have some fun. It's lighthearted without ever going overboard. T-shirts sport playful ironic takes on traditional tourist symbols, a jersey dress sports a font that makes Miami Vice come to mind, and suits are made specifically for extroverts in the brightest tones.
Although pairings are frequently unexpected, Ragazzi has come to expect this. One outfit features a thick, blue-beige argyle vest that sits well over a short-sleeved, shark-embossed button-down; the other features a saturated pink shirt with palm trees on it that stands out beneath a dull, purposefully wrinkled coat. Later, the same shark and palm tree prints cover both retro Hawaiian shirts and roomy trousers worn under trench coats.
Another surprise was Ragazzi's choice of Getty Images for a collection-spanning collaboration. In search of sartorial ideas, the designer—who also happens to be an avid photographer—looked to the company's unrivalled collection of historical images. Getty's recognisable grey watermark appears on a number of coats, long sleeve shirts, and bags, claiming ownership over a number of old photographs of Miami that aid in telling the collection's narrative.