Designer Francesco Ragazzi showcased Palm Angels‘ Spring Summer 2020 collection inspired by the familiarity, quietness, and subdued rebelliousness of a vintage store, on Sunday June 16th, during the recently finished Milan Fashion Week.
“Vintage stores are reassuring places. You go in, somehow knowing what you will find: some boarding school pieces and some college stuff, generous amounts of army and navy, a smattering of athletic. Then there is workwear, and of course tie-dye, not to mention Hawaiian shirts, maybe a few kimonos. A vague seventies flavor perfumes it all, but there is also a feeling of normality to the whole. Vintage shopping iterates archetypes, in a way. You discover things, but it’s things you already know.
Palm Angels evolves, gaining a new normality, a certain bold cleanness, but the mindset stays: items and tropes taken from different cultures are dissected, interpreted and reconfigured, keeping the immediacy. Workwear is treated like tailoring, butterflies swarm on denim pieces, exquisite kimono motifs are rendered in nylon on windbreaker and coats. Lab coats and leisure suits come in kaki cotton, uniform trousers have inverted bands, windbreakers are liquid to the touch. Jumpers channel a good boy properness. Jumpsuits are pragmatic.“
Images Courtesy of © Karla Otto / PALM ANGELS