P. Rew.: Studio Re Public Relations
It’s time to go back. Rather than a collection, Tiziano Guardini thought of his Fall Winter 2020/21 as the narration of a tale.
It’s a story about the unbreakable bond between nature and mankind, as well as that thin line between reality and illusion. The story revolves around a fierce, adult woman going back to her roots, to the house by the lake she grew up in.
The house is abandoned and its interiors are riddled with an old, precious wallpaper and her childhood memories and, being by the lake, it is surrounded with nature’s wilderness.
Nature, our common thread, reminds us that everything is part of a great connection and keeps all entities together with its butterfly effect.
Muse to the designer for the next season is artist Kiki Smith, who’s operated with a thorough work of analysis and investigation over the topic of nature and its esoteric, extremely feminine side.With her work, the artist whispers stories of extreme intimacy that revolve around both women and animals, transferring them onto jacquards, sculptures and illustrations. With the same sensitivity, Tiziano Guardini aims to narrate the most primordial side to a woman, who’s on her way to a full immersion within her roots, transferring that same story onto garments made out of recycled fabrics – thus reminding us that future cannot exist in the absence of a past and that boundaries are nothing but conventions.
This same vision is shared by some of the most important players of the manufacturing scenario, who make quality, research and sustainability the three pillars of their companies.
The jacquard and checkered fabrics come from Lanificio Cerruti and put together skirts, pants and blazers, combined with recycled materials supplied by Tex Moda, which are also employed for the outerwear pieces. ECONYL® di Aquafil’s nylons, all derived from recycled waste and old fisher nets, gives life to the collection’s puffer jackets, whereas the knitwear is enriched by the statement “Heart needs Earth”.
A special mention goes to historic weaver Luigi Bevilacqua as well as to the companies that are part of the Veneto Region Federation of Manufacturers, which have given their contribution to the collection with a series of garments, such as coats and suits, made out of precious, extremely fascinating fabrics that celebrate the local tradition.
Tiziano Guardini, who puts an extreme effort and attention on topic of sustainable innovation, renovates his collaboration with Vegea, a company specialized in coated fabrics made out of the waste coming from Italian wine producers, as well as vegan oils coming from local produce and recycled polyester.
The story’s main theme is the act of finding a new connection with nature, and it all comes full circle when the woman ventures out on a walk in the woods, which enhances her bond with her surroundings.
She is guided and protected, though, by a group of totem animals, portraited within the collection in a range of Swarovski made jewels. These are fantastic beasts and each of them has been created to represent a guidance over a specific area of life. Foxes, fish and hummingbirds are made out of Upcycled Crystal, proving that what’s already there can gain a new, different value in a second life.
The shape of the jewels comes out of a 3D print in Biobased material and has been created in team with artist Luigi Ciuffreda and technician Alice Barki.
A sense of protection is also offered by the Gargoyle shaped jewels by Gianni De Benedittis, jewelry designer from southern Italy. The idea is incorporated within the collection as these creatures were originally represented in sculptures applied to gothic cathedrals to guard the building and maintain its sacred aura.
Each garment has been made thanks to a synergy between the designer and these companies and comes with a label explaining the process and the name of the artisan behind it, providing an answer to the recurring question “Who made my clothes?”.
The garments will also come out numbered as the entire collection is made out of archive fabrics donated by the companies involved.
Our entire society comes in fragments, everything is separated and presented as a compartment.