An artisanal vibe ran through the collection Federico Curradi and Nick Fouquet put together for the first time. With its delicate and thoughtful details, the joint effort spoke volumes on how creatives can be resourceful by teaming up during challenging times.
Curradi knew Fouquet’s handmade approach could match his own fashion vision as he previously called on the milliner to create accessories for Rochas, when the Italian designer was in charge of men’s wear. Over the confinement last year, the two shared thoughts on jewelry Curradi was experimenting with and – voilà, a new collaboration was born.
Yet this time, Curradi and Fouquet blurred the lines of their areas of expertise in apparel and accessories, respectively, to jointly inject and intertwine their Tuscan and Californian backgrounds in the whole lineup, resulting in a cohesive and effortless range that skirted the usual cliches.
“There’s a misconception of what Californian style is. We wanted to show the authentic, laid-back and luxury feel of it,” Fouquet said during a walkthrough in Milan.
Arty references figured for both themes: Jean-Michel Basquiat’s personal style set the mood for the relaxed silhouettes; Tonino Guerra’s naif paintings inspired some of the prints Fouquet developed, while Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1983 movie “Nostalghia,” shot in Italy, informed the palette of beiges, greens, blues and ice shades, as well as inspired the short film conceived to present the line.
Curradi’s backbone in tailoring was revealed in deconstructed blazers and impeccable coats, while his eye for fabrics assembled garment-dyed corduroy for suits, gabardine for pants, wool and cashmere for sweaters and fine, striped knits. Mismatched handmade buttons, chains and brooches dangling from the looks made for subtle embellishments.
“This is just a preview, we will work together also for the next season and the idea is to present it through a runway show, hopefully,” Curradi said. Given this fine debut, that’s something to look forward to.