For Winter 2014, the Italian born, Rome-based designer Claudia Danna explored the theme Visions Between The End and The Beginning. Her follow-up collection for Winter 2015, Decay.zip, takes an equally sunny approach to impending doom and gloom.
Its focus is on the way abandoned industrial scenarios and "rough" nature seemingly work at cross purposes, the one wanting to "prevail" over the other, but with a happy ending: the birth of something new. "This project celebrates the ability of coexistence between natural and artificial elements, that together constitute a new identity," she explains."Verdant wild plants growing above and below the synthetic surface, tattered, deteriorated, and stand around massive skeletons of shimmering aluminum, until absorbing it...That crash on black and gray of the rounded and flowing forms of fresh lime and the opaque white of the walls is represented by the large silhouettes of outerwear, at times affected by fragments of murals soaked of symmetries."
The inspiration she finds in nature and the animal kingdom get channeled into the manmade-looking - tinged with the esoteric, the symbolic and the alchemical. "My garments are imbued with expressivity and the silhouette reshaped with forms and volumes inspired by the avant-garde," she adds, "and, at the same time, by ancestral ideas, archetypes and symbols imprinted in the human mind."
Translation: Silhouettes that are large and in charge. The basic white shirt gets versatile and easily adaptable to both day and night. Fannypacks get a new millenium upgrade. Synthetic fabrics including rubber, plastic and resin keep fashionable company, especially with surprising embroidered touches.
- Lesley Scott
The aggressive feel of this endeavor is very congruent with the vibe of the Apocalytical fashion tribe which has a chic (but somewhat depressing) cloud of effitalltohellalready Doomsday & End Times that seems to follow them everywhere. For more of my posts about the Apocalytical tribe, CLICK HERE. To learn more about each of fashion's four mega-tribes that I track, START HERE.