Albino Riganello joins luxury brand SemSem as design director, to expand the brand’s flourishing collection with his design prowess and technical expertise. SemSem intends to have Riganello work alongside creative director and founder Abeer Al Otaiba who is married to the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba.
SemSem is a young brand with a distinct desire to dress women and their daughters in a design collection that reflects grace, beauty, and love. Al Otaiba has expanded upon this loving inspiration, through the brand’s gracious and conscious support of charities that promote female empowerment throughout the world. Named for Al Otaiba’s own daughter Samia, SemSem reflects a modern blend of Eastern and Western cultures, with its clean lines, softly flowing fabrics, and exquisite details. Continuing with the brand’s mission and growth trajectory, SemSem looks into incorporating Riganello’s creative contributions, starting with the upcoming Fall Collection.
Italian native Albino Riganello comes to SemSem with a wide range of experience from his work with numerous fashion labels. These have included acclaimed global fashion houses such as Givenchy, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Dolce & Gabbana, and Zuhair Murad. Riganello has also worked with famous American labels Elie Tahari and St. John. In his last position with Givenchy, Riganello was notably head designer of the women’s pre-collection under Riccardo Tisci. With a career spanning twenty years, Riganello has exhibited design sensibilities that echo a keen awareness of European and New York lifestyles.
Riganello and SemSem have developed an immediate creative connection, with Riganello’s appreciation of the brand’s elegance and sophistication, and the brand’s recognition of Riganello’s edge and focus. Riganello’s debut collection with SemSem features evening dresses and pantsuits in rich tones. The collection presents plenty of sleek silhouettes, cascading ruffles, and cut-outs, as well as beautifully structured coats with rich textures and trim. The girls’ line mirrors the women’s line with its similar fabrics and design elements in a playful and young style.
SemSem looks forward to this exciting collaboration with Riganello, as the label gains traction and love from fans worldwide.