In the studio: Area di Barbara Bologna F/W 14/15

During my time in Italy, I had the privilege of visiting the studio of my friend and designer behind the brand Area di Barbara Bologna. In her Fall/Winter 14/15 collection titled as “MY DOLL – The imitation of Humanity” she has taken a new step by adding bold colors and patterns to her usual palette of black and muted tones.

Hesitant at first, I quickly got over my doubts as Barbara explained why she wanted to evolve as an artist and create something completely new for the market resting on its laurels. After careful examination and trying on a few pieces myself, the collection suddenly started to feel like a breath of fresh air and I understood where she was coming from: Bold is beautiful and bold is strong. Now, who wouldn’t want to feel that way everyday?









In the showroom: Guidi men’s F/W 13/14

I know that spring has just arrived but let’s go back a few months, and more specifically to men’s fashion week in Paris. I had the chance to take a peek at leather manufacturer Guidis showroom and view what they have in store for Fall/Winter 13/14. It was fascinating hearing about different leathers that they use, and more over about the story of how each shoe and bag is made using traditional manufacturing and tanning processes. On top of the classic reproductions of the back zip boots, this season Guidi introduced a metal reinforced heel on the derby model, and a shoe which we were told to derive from traditional Japanese working shoes (see picture three). On the bag front, the backpacks were the ones that caught my attention, especially in the beautiful white leather. The color scheme of the collection was a combination of very natural earthy colors and deep red, some models even had a mixture of two tones with colored tow boxes and heels – definitely an interesting new direction from Guidi.

Pictures by: Anna-Maria

In the showroom: OBSCUR S/S12 collection

Last summer I had the privilege of visiting the OBSCUR showroom in Paris and see what Spring /Summer 2012 looked like. This beautifully crafted collection featured light weight basics made of Japanese organic cotton and rustic looking linen jackets, without forgetting the typical to OBSCUR leather goods such as jackets with a new moldable collar and an oversize zippered bag. Designer Richard Söderberg‘s idea was to make the garments like an armor, protecting their bearer but still keeping them wearable. OBSCUR S/S12 will become available early next year.




Pictures by: Anna-Maria

More pictures of the S/S12 men’s collection on OBSCUR’s blog.

In the showroom: OBSCUR A/W 11/12

During the Paris men’s fashion week I had the chance to visit the showroom of OBSCUR, a Swedish label run by my good friend Richard Söderberg. His latest collection, inspired by the cold winters of Scandinavia, was presented in a beautiful old Paris building with gothic romantic surroundings, coherently complementing the mood of the collection. OBSCUR’s autumn/winter 2011/2012 consists of tailored winter coats, blazers with attached gloves, structured pants, distressed leather boots, and soft leathers which the label is most known for. Many beautiful pieces which I would not mind owning myself.