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United Colors of Benetton RTW Fall 2019

The death of Karl Lagerfeld obviously took center stage in Milan on Tuesday and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac paid tribute to the designer before the start of his first runway show for United Colors of Benetton that evening. Calling Lagerfeld “Maestro” from backstage through a microphone to guests seated in the darkened room, he said the designer had been “a huge inspiration to all” and that he “will always stay in our heart. Merci Karl.”
The mood changed once the lights went up, in sync with the name of the show, “Rainbow Machine.” In a preview with WWD a day earlier, de Castelbajac and executive president Luciano Benetton said the turnaround of the brand passed through moving away from low-cost production, bringing manufacturing back closer to home in Europe, and through colors — “which can make miracles,” according to Benetton.
Staying true to this strategy, the company placed the industrial-looking catwalk around a stage where Benetton workers sewed, ironed, took measurements and appeared to busily apply themselves to the collection. There was even a real, working knitting machine. As for colors — bingo. The coed collection was a feast of primary colors — yellow, red, blue and the brand’s staple green and white

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