FRANCESCA REBERSCHEGG
Posted on September 26 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Francesca Reberschegg graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Following a desire to find the roots of this unique surname, Reberchegg, led to the exploration of her family history way before the World War II. From Graz (Austria) to Zara (Croatia) to concentration camps in Germany, you will witness many elements of Reconstruction from Destruction in her garments. An evident connection with the French contemporary artist Baptiste Debombourh in materials like pins, mirrors and paints. Smart use of seam-sealing tapes makes the fabric wearable ‘inside-out’, without making it heavy. Elements of her Croatian Grandfather’s ethnical costumes, vintage jackets; all functional.

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

CATERINA PAPINI
Posted on September 19 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Caterina Papini graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Two Me, the summer collection of Caterina Papini unites Africa and Europe. Wide volumes and bright tones are derived from the culture of Benin. The fur effect is instead inspired by Tuscan weavers of the Italian town Campi Bisenzio who, during the First World War, created large braids of straw. Caterina has revived this craft, passed on from her grandmother, using white mesh fabrics with decorations from shaved ‘pontova’ raffia or fur. Each combination is actually made from two separate garments that are sewn together at the back, resulting in one single piece. Volumes are large compared to the proportions of the body. The collars are detachable and adaptable to other garments, albeit of different designs. The keyword is colour; green, yellow, blue, and burgundy alternate with tartan and white cotton both in the garments and their accessories.

Collection description by Marta Melini – Master in Fashion Writing

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

FRANCESCA CASERTA
Posted on September 12 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Francesca Caserta graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Two photographs as a starting point. An Indian Sadhu of the present day and an Italian woman of the ‘50s. Different subjects in different places but they seem to share the same emotions and have equally inspired Francesca Caserta in the creation of her fall/winter women’s collection Hydrangea. From India we find the colours, red and fuchsia, while from the ‘50s Italian woman, the classic and ubiquitous twin-sets, both with skirts and trousers, revisited with a modern twist. The silhouettes are well structured and defined by trench coats, jackets and coats and the group of outfits, complemented by flat shoes, are designed to be stylish and comfortable at the same time.

Collection description by Martina Giambi – Master in Fashion Writing

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

TIM BLANKS
Posted on September 8 in EVENTS, Q&A

Tim Blanks at Polimoda

FASHION UNDER [PRESS]URE

On July 16th, the star of Polimoda Guest Lectures was Tim Blanks, a figure of international renown and one of the most influential journalists in the sector, who will open a Q&A, Questions and Answers session on the subject of Fashion Under [Press]ure.

Editor-at-Large of Style.com, with his distinctive pungent and punchy style Tim Blanks doesn’t simply talk about fashion, he analyses it as a “cultural phenomenon” using different languages including writing and video, as in his memorable reviews of the runways or the video throwbacks in which he revisits key moments in the fashion of recent years. His reports on the fashion shows are authentic exercises in comprehension and intuition. His concise, technical language explores both the cultural context and the industrial aspect of fashion. His evidence helps us to get a clearer understanding of how much fashion is influenced by the media and, above all, how the role of journalists has been transformed by the web, which has radically revolutionised the experience of fashion, putting it literally under [press]ure through an increasingly rapid communication, almost real-time.

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

VITTORIA BURASCHI
Posted on September 5 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Vittoria Buraschi graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Vittoria Buraschi is fascinated by the excellence and century’s old traditions of Turin and Siena where she was born and raised. Vittoria named her collection after reading Forse che Sì, Forse che No, a novel by the author Gabriele D’annunzio. She grew up watching the annual ‘Palio’ horse races in Siena. The uncertainty in race betting has inspired her collection. Eight menswear garments, made using baby llama wool, light wool and embroidered leather in blue, white and ivory. Accessories include headpieces made from buckles and straps formed in the shape of a lily to resemble virginity and innocence. The collection is dedicated to an innocent man who is however, daring enough to do things differently.

Collection description by Kulanthi Silva – Master in Fashion Writing

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

HOW TO WRITE THE MEMENTO TO BE MOMENTED
Posted on September 3 in Danilo Venturi, IFFTI

Momenting the Memento

Before writing you must be able to read.
Exploit other authors, not just to quote them and demonstrate your intellect, but exploit them for inspiration. Read something vertically, or start from the end, and don’t pay too much attention about what an author is trying to say, instead, highlight what you are interested in, your opinions, the key words among what you read, connect them to your life experience, mix them with other sources (e.g. a song, a movie, a painting), and come up with your own concept.

Ignore your audience.
Just write, gather what you wrote into chapters, give a title to your collection, and contact a publisher. If you previously plan the book with a third party you will never be free to write what you want, the way you want, or be able to change your mind along the way. Ignore readers too, because many of them will not completely understand what you are trying to say, and worse still, you will find that some will want to have the last word on what you have written.

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

FELICE PIACENZA
Posted on July 31 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Felice Piacenza graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Felice Piacenza was born into “a world of wool and cashmere” and raised amongst fabric specialists. His relatives founded Piacenza textiles in 1733. The designer explores a re-interpretation of menswear by fusing his family history with elements of the Indian Ladakhi tribe. Felice understands his fabrics and enjoys exploring them under new perspectives. For his graduating collection Skandha he proposes double wools, cashmere, quilted knits, cotton, alpaca and a crease-free cotton-neoprene blend. Amongst the collection’s highlights are coats with double necklines, ruched armholes, shoulder wings and enticing textures.

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

BEATRICE SALVATORI
Posted on July 25 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Beatrice Salvatori graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

We live in a world in which our identity is constantly being questioned. Clothing, however, communicates our place and does so without filters. This is the aspect of fashion that has inspired Beatrice Salvatori for her fall/winter womenswear collection Unknown People. In particular, the women of the Monte Hermoso community in Spain, showing how a simple accessory or hat, can “say” much about their social status. The hat is the accessory that plays the leading role of all the outfits. Coats, jackets and voluminous skirts are in contrast with shirts and trousers that cling to the body. The fabrics, for the most part technical, also reach the shoes, creating innovative looks in a mix of elegance and practicality.

Collection description by Martina Giambi – Master in Fashion Writing

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

JENNIFER DALL’ARMELLINA
Posted on July 18 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Jennifer Dall'Armellina graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Jennifer Dall’Armellina loves to experiment with new materials, uprooting them from their original field and reusing them in that of fashion. The men’s collection Leon Blanc was born from such an attitude, which combines interest in the materials used in Ladin garments with ergonomic shapes of traditional Albanian clothes. Silk, cotton and wool are combined with loden, neoprene and plastic chips. The zippers transform the garments, making them multi-functional and practical.

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

LARA DE BAENST
Posted on July 11 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Lara de Baenst graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Lara de Baenst celebrates the perfect symmetry and equilibrium of proportions in Echoism. Her winter collection is inspired by the images created by the artist Julian Wolkenstein, lover of symmetrical faces; a perfect mirror image. The same harmony of forms is applied in all the outfits of the collection. Emphasised shoulders, waistlines marked by vast belts and wide volumes, create a new feminine silhouette. Despite the geometric lines and rigid materials, it is a triumph of femininity and elegance, enlivened by a palette that includes pink, blue and yellow. Even tartan makes an appearance. The novelty, without doubt, is silicon which joins with more common materials such as wool and cashmere, giving a sculptured and refined look to the coat.

Collection description by Marta Melini – Master in Fashion Writing

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

MARCO CIABATTI
Posted on July 4 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Marco Ciabatti graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Marco Ciabatti, Casentino by birth, pays tribute to his origins by an extensive use in his fall/winter men’s collection I Hate Being Cold of the fabric that is typical of his area, precisely called Casentino fabric. Receiving inspiration from the ecclesiastical world, the coats have ample volumes, expanded even more by internal padding. We then move on to a more classic and tailored cut of jackets, shirts and trousers, made from high quality fabrics such as cashmere and silk. Elegant looks with a serious and playful tone, while at the same time, intense colours such as orange, blue and white give hints of imagination and sophistication.

Collection description by Martina Giambi – Master in Fashion Writing

Continue to read / Continua a leggere

MICHELLE YANG
Posted on June 27 in Polimoda Show, TALENTS

Michelle Yang graduate collection - Polimoda Show 2014

POLIMODA SHOW 2014
“The Best Of” Fashion Design final collections

Michelle Yang is a young South Korean fashion designer who is inspired by the cultural richness of her homeland. She uses design methodologies particular to Europe. Michelle possesses vast experience doing what she loves best: designing and making clothes. Her collection If Only for a Moment was inspired by themes of Nick Cave’s Night of the Lotus Eaters. Her collection focuses on tension & flow created through the extension of the body through metal structures and draped silhouettes. She has interpreted her inspiration in a carefree way using contrasting stark metal structures with floating organza, fusing hand-painted silicone prints with lightweight silk, and supported the outcome with an embroidered elastic coding.

Collection description by Kulanthi Silva – Master in Fashion Writing

Continue to read / Continua a leggere