“Black Mirror” by SYLVIO GIARDINA
Art and its artifacts always infuse Sylvio Giardina’s work. In his new creative project, a small, dark,
slightly convex object with a black tinted surface fascinated Sylvio: it was the “Claude mirror”,
which abstracts landscape sceneries, while unifying shapes and lines and blurring details. The new
creative process starts from this vision, where fabrics and shapes blend and colors sway. Black
plays a predominant role in the collection, yet the polished and mirroring fabrics create optical
and vibrant effects, giving way to pure geometric shapes, defined by brown, navy blue and hazel
hues. Some outfits are embellished with Plexiglas necklaces, playing out a double role,
complementing the dress and working as an accessory. Fiercely believing in having fun by letting
ideas run free, Sylvio introduces to the public a mini collection of accessories, made of earrings in
mirroring black Plexiglas and tortoiseshell necklaces.
Fabrics: velvet, multiprene, leather, scuba, jersey, lace, tulle, mesh;
Colors: black, navy blue, mustard, brown, camel, hazel, burgundy.”
E x o t i c landscapes and industrial scenarios, abandoned and contaminated suburbs, where the rough nature and the unfinished construction seem to want to prevail one on the other. Tactile and sensory perceptions are focused on the Autumn Winter 2014-2015 collection presented during Altaroma Altamoda july 2014. A project
that celebrates the ability of coexistence between natural and artificial elements, that together constitute a new identity. The decadence, the final stage of the natural process, becomes becomes the most favorable condition to fulfill this course: the opaque white of the walls is represented by the large volumes of outerwears, at times affected by fragments of murals soaked of symmetries, that crash on black and gray of the rounded and flowing forms of fresh lime. Verdant wild plants growing above and below the synthetic surface, tattered, deteriorated, and stand around massive skeletons of shimmering aluminum, until absorbing it. The white shirt, basic item of clothing par excellence, becomes versatile and adaptable for both day and night. Finally, sneakers, fanny packs and small backpacks are the setting for a
sporty-chic style, that dares and goes beyond, perfectly intertwined with experimental materials and sophisticated manufacturing.
Fabrics: woven, jersey, leather, neoprene and cotton.
Colors: white, black, grey, silver, green, blue.
Images are the courtesy of Claudia Danna
Please also visit official Website http://www.claudiadanna.com/
Rebellion is the Night
autumn / winter 2012 ad campaign
Prada Autumn(Fall)/Winter 2011 / 2012
Fantasy Look Book
Model: Arizona Muse, Hailey Clauson, Daphne Groeneveld, Nimue Smit, Ginta Lapina, Anais Pouliot & Sara Blomqvist
Prada, apart from being a leader in trendsetting destinations, has also a very creative yet peculiar signature in the imagery field. The look books, ad campaigns, advertorials and designs have a specific, uncanny impact into the reality inserting quite abstract, at times grotesque visions of a style. The latest Prada imagery for the fall 2011 season – titled Fantasy – goes that way and is a fantasy indeed. It is like a psychedelic journey into the dreamy surrealism of a collage backdrop, with the mosaic nature of a photomontage and signature looks of Prada.
As the collection relates to the lady-like statement and immortal, vibrant inspirations of the 1960s, the lookbook invites you into the magical world of Wonderland framed into the collage pictures. With the implemented techniques of old school retouching the lookbook becomes a captivating clip art mixture of vintage vibes taken from the 60s revival with a genuine message.(…)
My full article for Prada fall 2011 ‘Fantasy’ look book in Prada’s fantasy photomontage on Fashionising.com
Dior Cruise 2012
Model: Monika “Jac” Jagaciak & Antonio Navas
Photography: Ellen von Unwerth
Saturated colors of summer vibes, unforgettable memories captured on film, the joyfulness of bright days – this is how we could describe the relaxed candidness of the Dior Cruise 2012 lookbook. There is no theatrical drama, no affected performance, no constrained act of sophistication, just youthful naturalness and feelings of freedom.
Rising stars in modeling Monika Jac Jagaciak and Antonio Navas channel succulent summer atmosphere in the lens of Ellen von Unwerth. Jac being a perfect choice for the theme of praising youth elevates the vintage spirit. She divides the image into two icons resembling the ladylike charm of Grace Kelly and flirty frivolity of Brigit Bardot. The style stands for the vintage inspired pieces stamped by the Dior signature. The collection hallmarks an interesting presentation of chunky transparent bracelets, cat eye shades, oversized bags, and holiday kaftans. (…)
Read more from my article Dior Cruise, vintage vibes published on Fashionising.com
The Artemis shoulder bag in “Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour” by Jean Marc Nattier
Behind the Christian Louboutin
‘s label there is not only luxury red sole signature
hidden, but also imaginative yet chic shoe designs and inspiring ad campaigns. This season Louboutin continues its timeless fusion of fashion and art praising “The Power of Femininity ” by reenacments of the most iconic portraits from the previous centuries. The lookbook is a fashion time machine skillfully captured by Peter Lippmann and styled by Catherine Gorne. The campaign represents the vision of woman through its versatility and uniqueness through the embodiments of historic images merged with present designs of Christian Louboutin.
I have also written about another example of fashion – art fusion in the post “Painted Ladies
‘Halte’-pump of Christian Louboutin in “Portrait of a Girl” by the French painter Jean Babtiste Camille Corot
The purple 8 Mignons sandal in ‘Saint Dorothy of Caesarea’ by Francisco de Zurburan
‘Puke’-booty van Christian Louboutin in “Madeleine à la veilleuse” by George de La Tour
The “Tootsie’–ankle boots in Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler
Catalina clunch and the Pigalilli platform pump with gold stiletto in “Elizabeth of Austria” by Francois Clouet
Colour blocking yet monochromatic lookbook for Chanel Cruise 2012 collection reveals sophisticated simplicity through the artistry of Karl Lagerfeld. As the creator and photorapher, Karl managed to emphasize “a modern version of sophisticated dressing” with the help of his muse Baptise Giambiconi and latest amazement in fashion stage Saskia de Brauw. Saskia having already a French Vogue cover in her record, she hits the lookbook with androgynous charm and softness forming male – female ambiguous couple with Baptiste.
Check also full my review published on Fashionising.com
Sylvio Giardina is a creative artist working for high fashion brands as haute couture designer with 15 years of experience. Recently he is launching own label that expresses bright creativity and presents a new female identity in his AW’11/12 collection. Through the study of a new silhouette’s structure Giardina endeavours to reshape the figure with skilful tricks of Italian high tailoring and avant-garde inspirations of current lines with a great result. The designs apart from being shapely imbalanced with displaced center of mass, they are a form of genuine line with the synergy of fashion and art.
The designer focuses on architectural aspect of male fabrics as cool wool, wool crepe and the sensual wool jersey embroidered with Sangallo lace. He slightly emphasizes standard proportions by the use of innovative cuts, renovating shapes, escaping from traditional clichés. This sophisticated collection consists of synthetic colours of helium blue, cadmium yellow along with anthracite grey and impure white bringing sartorial elegance in line of pants, tube dresses, shirts and structured jackets. Defined with avant-garde accessories of coloured mirror and Plexiglas buckles and belts, the outfits are transfigured into sculptural elements.
photo Severine Queyras
styling Giacomo Simoni
hair–style Tony Zinni
Images: courtesy of the designer.