When I began down this path towards creating Maison Mittweg, much of it was fueled with the need to express myself without any inhibitions. I have perpetually admired those who stuck with their gut and made real ripples or as others might say challenged the masses.

There were many defining moments in fashion history, but one that seemed the most ahead of its time was the surrealist period of the 1930’s. Designers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Marcel Rochas alongside other creatives like Salvatore Dali and Man ray were just a few of the bold types to shine during that time. I would have liked to wear one of Elsa Schiaparelli’s high heeled hats or drawer suits. Thankfully today, we have our share of daring designers, one of whom I’ve become more familiar with lately is Vivetta Ponti, who heads her label Vivetta. The collection is playful, sophisticated, and falls in line with some of the emotion present in the Surrealist period as well as the French New Wave movement.

The Milanese based contemporary collection was established in 2009, but Vivetta’s career in fashion didn’t start there. She had worked at the fashion house Roberto Cavalli, which is where she learned much of her craft involving embroidery. Since the launch of her collection, she has gained the love of many fans like Anna Dello Russon, Charlotte Dellal (of Charlotte Olympia), and Alexa Chung among others. This season, you will find perfectly manicured hands in fun polish colors present on shoes, dresses, and collars. You may also find face profiles and realistic bunnies along shirts and hats. The collection offers many unique shirt and collar options for layering under scalloped dresses and brocade gowns. You will certainly stand out styled in any number of her pieces. Why not try to relive some of those iconic moments in today's world with some humor and wildly imaginative dressing?

Collar: Vivetta   |   Dress: Vivetta   |   Shoes: Opening Ceremony

Hair: Rebecca Friedman

Photo: Ricky Chan