[I]t’s official: The Matrix is being welcomed into fashion’s arms once more (Keanu Reeves’ favoured dark frames in the film, a popular choice in the late 90s, is now set to be the ‘It’ accessory according to the menswear trend forecast). Dark, dangerous and straddling between worlds were key talking points at Palm Angels in Milan this season, exploring the clash of neo punks and mid-western Americana. We caught up the cult label’s designer Francesco Ragazzi following his AW18 show to talk PVC, zero-gender and what’s next for athleisure…
Hi Francesco! How has this collection evolved from last season. Any new features and fabrics you’re really into RN?
Western details, spikes, PVC, prairie flowers and latex play a big part in the collection. Blazers, five pocket jeans, western shirts, zip-up jackets and female dresses are reinterpreted through my aesthetics. Women are also gaining more and more importance. Overall, I feel the collections are become a stronger, more complete offering every season: mens, womens, accessories…
What was the starting point for your AW18 collection?
I wanted to explore a clash of opposite cultures: punk on one side and mid-western Americana on the other. I find that strong frictions spark bold outcomes.
What would we find on your mood board?
David Black cowboy photographs.
What’s the next big trend in sportswear in your opinion?
We need to change the perception of sportswear – it should be accepted and worn in the board-room, the office, at dinner. Sportswear will be elevated to the next level.
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