Wednesday, July 6, 2011
“Trap Door” is the name of the latest collection designed for next Fall/Winter 2011/12 by Rosa Clandestino, the brand created by Silvia Arguello, already a finalist of the 2010 edition of Who Is on Next? and the winner of Fashion Freedom for Africa, a project for which she has designed a t-shirt collection she realized in Kenya under the patronage of the United Nations in collaboration with Vogue Italia, Alta Roma and Coop.
The distinctive feature of the brand is outerwear, defined by the designer herself as “soft armors that protect the inside.” Structured coats enriched with details that enhance the female figure.
A collection that features three main colors, black, beige and army green, and that focuses on a combination of high-quality materials, such as super-soft jersey or baby alpaca (from Latin-America), technical fabrics and details like the red crosses inside the buttons and on resin and silver brooches.
In Silvia’s background contemporary art is a key reference that is continually nourished through the collaboration with young artists from all over the globe.
The idea is to promote talent and interpret art in an interactive way.
Silvia herself conceives her fashion as “wearable art”, without putting aside the functional and day-to-day aspect of the clothes.
The first collaboration came two years ago with American-Polish artist Craig Kucia with whom the designer has created the packaging and the silk lining prints.
After working for a while together with an artist, a new collaboration starts so that some of the collection’s items may be produced in limited edition.
Another artistic element may be found in the shots of the collection, realized by Italian photographer and artist Alessandra Baldoni, whose pictures are the result of “short screenplays written for a shot”. A collaboration that has just started and that meaningfully underlines the bridge stretching between art and fashion which is the philosophy of the brand.