Poetry in Motion

An ode to spring’s beauty in Masnada’s latest delivery. Known for his drapery and form, designer Angelo Iannello meditates on nature’s presence in design, through abstracted floral prints, verdant green dyes and romantic, simplified silhouettes. The core of the collection is Angelo’s take on the kaftan – a selection of simple, elegant dresses rendered with an instinct for silk.

“When the warm sun, that brings
Seed-time and harvest, has returned again,
‘T is sweet to visit the still wood, where springs
The first flower of the plain.

I love the season well,
When forest glades are teeming
with bright forms,
Nor dark and many-folded clouds foretell
The coming-on of storms.

From the earth’s loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance,
and thrives;
Though stricken to the heart
with winter’s cold,
The drooping tree revives.

The softly-warbled song
Comes from the pleasant woods,
and colored wings
Glance quick in the bright sun,
that moves along
The forest openings.

When the bright sunset fills
The silver woods with light,
the green slope throws
Its shadows in the hollows
of the hills,
And wide the upland glows.

And when the eve is born,
In the blue lake the sky,
o’er-reaching far,
Is hollowed out and
the moon dips her horn,
And twinkles many a star.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Few things capture the intrinsic beauty of spring as well as Wadsworth Longfellow’s ode to the season, An April Day – the first six stanzas are found above. There is an uncanny kinship between the poet’s meditation on nature and the way we dress this time of year. To infuse our personal styles with the artistry and flow found in the landscape around us… a pleasure to say the least.

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