By  on January 9, 2018

Dorian Stefano Tarantini is making some changes.The Malibu 1922 designer will unveil a rejiggered fall men’s and women’s collection with a dual-gender runway show at Pitti Uomo on Jan. 11 at the Dogana venue in Florence. And the collection is now being called M1992.“Malibu 1922 was born three years ago as a video art project and then evolved into a fashion company,” Tarantini explained. “I think the name Malibu was too restrictive because it immediately connected to the Nineties Californian lifestyle. Since the brand is maturing I think we needed a more neutral name and I think this is the right moment to make this move.”According to the designer, the fall collection will now celebrate the Italian ready-to-wear boom at the end of the Eighties. “That was a great period for Milan with brands such as Erreuno, Genny, Luciano Soprani, Gai Mattiolo…,” Tarantini said, pointing out that the suit will play a key role in the show. “This was definitely the most iconic garment of that period and I think it is also so contemporary.”The overall fit will reflect the constructed silhouettes of that era with strong shoulders and elongated jackets. “However, everything will be infused with a contemporary, young appeal," said Tarantini, who also developed a range of prints featuring Eighties technology such as the fax machine and the first mobile phones.For the collection, M1992 teamed up with a range of labels that were successful in the late Eighties and early Nineties. They include Meltin’Pot, which manufactured denim pieces with a couture-like appeal; El Charro, which created studded belts, and loafer producer College.“We also collaborated with Swarovski to decorate several garments with crystals, including hoodies and eagle-shaped brooches,” said Tarantini.Available in 15 high-end stores worldwide, M1992 collections retail from 150 euros for T-shirts to 4,000 euros for the most upscale dresses. Starting from this season, the brand will be distributed by international showroom Tomorrow.

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