“For things to remain the same, everything must change.” — Tancredi, The Leopard

Giulietta, the new collection helmed by Florentine-turned-New Yorker Sofia Sizzi has an unmistakable air of nostalgia: modest hemlines, soft feminine edges, the beginnings of color blocking. But somehow Sizzi manages to convince us that there is subversion in these conservative silhouettes, like that sage history teacher hinting that the future is in fact locked in the past.

In the video below, Sizzi reveals her inspiration for this collection, a film called The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), an adaptation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s celebrated 1958 novel about the decline of Sicily’s aristocracy (or the formation a democracy, depending on which way you look at it). To see how Sizzi incorporates influences from the film and one hundred years of Italian history in her Fall 2012 collection, check out our interview with Barneys’ own Simon Doonan.

1. Classic blouse 2. Sweetheart top with A-line skirt 3. Crewneck shift dress 4. Crewneck blouse 5. Short sleeve dress 6. Crewneck blouse