A journey of discovery: next stop coney Island
From the moving train above ground, we see glimpses of the city, and as the trains move into the tunnels, sterile fluorescent light reaches into the stony gloom, and we, trapped inside, all hang on together.
The DROMe Spring Summer 2023 Collection is a journey across styles and personalities, a collector of inputs, faces and bodies that unravels along the way of a subway route.
Creative Director Marianna Rosati took inspiration form the book Subways by photographer Bruce Davidson, an exploration of the 1980s New York’s subway system through a series of vibrant portraits.
In Davidson’s work the subway is a non-place that runs beneath the city with its own rituals and languages, where individuals from all walks of life sit side by side, defined by their diversity but joined together into the same hectic setting. The subway acts as a connection, not only between different spaces, but also and most importantly between different people, and therefore between their worlds.
The F train in New York is a place where such human variety goes on stage every day: starting from Queens, across Manhattan and Brooklyn, and ending in Coney Island after 40 stations, the train runs through the city across completely different neighborhoods and boroughs, each stop letting in and out people of all sorts.
The ever changing succession of individuals hopping on and off the subway inspired the Collection: the way their appearance varies depending on the stops, the stories they tell with their looks and the stories that can only be imagined. The social landscape that the subway gathers and embraces.
This Spring Summer 2023 Collection introduces new materials: denim, reinterpreted with the addition of metallic and leather details, and colored sequins, that add a spark of light to the looks.
The atmosphere is nocturnal, the palette is essential and minimalist, nuanced by cold intense colors: Pure White, Black, Moonstone, Crystal, Sandalwood, Silver. Colors are enhanced by contrasting layered textures: denim-look suede and nappa, denim paired with leather, nappa silver, flashy sequins and glossy surfaces.
Garments are modular: they can be disassembled into parts and reassembled according to the time of the day or the occasion, evolving with who is wearing them. Unexpected details and contrasts mark the clean lines and the essential volumes. Oversize squared jackets can be formal, buttoned up from collar to hem or worn open, waiting for the wind to blow on the platform.
Zippers allow to play with lengths, suits are renewed with biker details, muti belts cut across tops and pants, leather garters can be worn alone or above pants, denim is combined with leather inlays. Tops and dresses are printed with textured subway-inspired patterns and flyers graphics. Silhouettes develop throughout the Collection as if they were different characters, brief encounters along the ride.
The end of the journey is Coney Island, the last stop. A surreal kaleidoscopic place that almost looks out of time and space, where the passengers of our train can climb the subway stairs and blend together as they walk away into the night.