in OuR bAsKet: Des_pHEmmEs

We got behind the scenes with the Italian cult label ahead of their Milanese show

in OuR bAsKet: Des_pHEmmEs

We got behind the scenes with the Italian cult label ahead of their Milanese show

Our Fashion & PR assistant has done her weekly shop in it, flounced around LFW in it and is now showing you how to style it. In fact, we can’t get her out of it.
And by it we mean DES_PHEMMES.

The luxurious texture of this velvety embellished skirt calls for the pomp of papal purple as an equally elevated counterpart. Offset it with a chunky knit so you don’t have to reserve it just for high days and holidays!

Whilst head-to-toe Barbiecore is the trend du jour, realistically speaking it might not appeal. Fight the fear factor by teaming pink with soft brown leather and chunky sole boots to break up the look. Perfect for drinks or dinner out with friends.

We got behind the scenes with the Italian cult label ahead of their Milanese show

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We got behind the scenes with the Italian cult label ahead of their Milanese show

sHoP tHE LooKS


DES_PHEMMES
Crystal Embellished Skirt
£245 


DES_PHEMMES
Crystal Embellished T-Shirt
£135 


DES_PHEMMES
Velvet Galaxy Skirt
£315 


DES_PHEMMES
Galaxy T-Shirt
£135 


DES_PHEMMES
Crystal Embellished Skirt
£245 


DES_PHEMMES
Crystal Embellished T-Shirt
£135 


DES_PHEMMES
Velvet Galaxy Skirt
£315 


DES_PHEMMES
Galaxy T-Shirt
£135 

sHoP tHE LooKS


DES_PHEMMES
Crystal Embellished Skirt
£245 


DES_PHEMMES
Crystal Embellished T-Shirt
£135 


DES_PHEMMES
Velvet Galaxy Skirt
£315 


DES_PHEMMES
Galaxy T-Shirt
£135

Rizza, I quickly learn, is an eternal optimist. “What I’ve learnt is that if you want something, ‘impossible’ doesn’t exist. There's always a way. And with that mindset, you can always find a way to get tricky things done.” This optimism could not have proved more useful than when Rizza launched DES_PHEMMES itself.


 The inaugural collection, released in early 2020 ahead of Rizza’s first ever solo show, was live in his showroom for only 48 hours before Covid struck and the world went into lockdown. No orders, no show. But Rizza did not give up, releasing a second “more refined” collection the following season. After this, it all switched and DES_PHEMMES was receiving buying orders from across Europe. “If you’re stubborn and you know what you want, you will get there.”

But what of his upcoming show? What plans does Rizza have in store? His Milan show, taking place later today, is his biggest yet. It’s a large space with a 360° video screen surrounding the viewers showcasing 30 models at actual size. “You won't know where it begins and where it all ends.”


“I call it the safari of life,” says Rizza. The video will showcase both men and women, a first for Rizza who previously focused on womenswear (although he states anyone can wear anything from his collection). Initially, “they will be doing daily life things” he explains, like “eating ice cream [and] talking.” But it’s of course not that simple (this is Rizza after all), as the models will also build their looks in front of viewers, with a woman taking the suit off a man and giving him her shirt, for example. It’s a cool concept.

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Rizza reveals that there are many hidden secrets within the show. “I’ve used the shapes of garments around me, ones that are in my life. These often form the basis for many of my clothes. The boxers are from a guy who stayed with me. I love how I know where they are from – if you know, you know,” he says with a wink. There will also be models who are Rizza's friends in the video, creating more secret intimacy.

Once his biggest show is over, what next for the Italian designer? The answer is simple: “I’ll keep going. I love to do it.”

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