Fashion designer Francesco Ragazzi presented Palm Angels’ Spring Summer 2019 Collection, on Sunday 17th June, during the ongoing Milan Fashion Week. Continuing his exploration of American cultural tropes, Ragazzi mixes hyper-technical fabrics, neoprenes and nylons with lo-tech corduroys and sheer tartans, taking the function to the extreme.
The extreme physical effort and what comes right after, integrated into a whole. The great outdoors as a state of mind, rock climbing through the city, or outside of it. A hint of raving. Transparencies, three-dimensional patches and prismatic applications highlight the high performance lab-like feel, which is offset by naturalistic motifs: prints of eagles flying high, prairie flowers. Fluoro brights further stress the synthetic mood. Hand-painted dripping blotches capture the gesture of physical effort. Shapes are straightforward, with extreme volumes: elongated sleeveless work jackets, boxy jumpers and blousons, straight trousers. For women, a demure silhouette – nipped waist, round to-the-knee skirt – is transmogrified in futuristic nylons. Velcro-strap sneakers run fast. – from Palm Angels
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