Tough Talking (Laura La Marca, Elena Turchi, Camilla Locatelli, Federica Roncan, Giulia Bacco)
Paracelso (Ornella Sofia Raineri and Stefania Laurenziello)
STAR/DUST is the name, and overarching theme, of NABA’s final show for graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design. It’s a huge event, with over 100 students completing their studies. The show took place on 10th July, and I have finally had a good look through the lengthy list of talent on display. Over 90 outfits were exhibited, with over 20 taking to the catwalk. This year a group of students from Tsinghua University, with whom NABA has worked with for years, took part in the show.
Students collaborated on collections in response to the 2014 theme STAR/DUST in different ways—some very literal, others drawing more tenuous connections to the words. Here is a small selection of favourites that have caught my eye.
Liquid Mezzanine’s beautifully tailored pieces are just asking to hop into my wardrobe. The perfect white shirt, the classic black blazer complete with a double collar, but disrupted by ruptures at the seams in the back and around the elbows. The collection oozes confidence and, at the same time, shows it’s vulnerable side, and indeed, it is inspired by our shifting identities, understanding and tastes as we move through life.
Tough Talking has some nice pieces influenced by street-wear and street art. They manage to maintain an elegance, while utilizing sporty materials that allow for speedy, agile movements around the urban playground. Palomar is all about detail, soft felted wool and ethereal swathes of silky organza. I love the woven coat sleeves and the sheer shirt-dress that veils waterfalls of delicate thread behind a loose outer shell. Gorgeous craftsmanship! Wrapped is another collection that demonstrates impeccable attention to detail. Inspired by artist Makoto Kobayashi, it pairs beautifully structured garments in heavy fabrics with looser, more fluid pieces. The contrasts between smooth satin and wool make for a deliciously sensuous collection. Who wouldn’t love to be wrapped up in that cocoon coat?
I also enjoyed Paracelso, a playful collection inspired by the colourful strips of paper used for transmitting prayers and wishes during the Japanese Tanabata festival. The collection sports glitchy prints, colourful weaving with volumous pieces. I think the supporting identity, collateral, photoshoot and video have come together really successfully and you can see it all together here.
You can find more images of these collections, and others, on NABA’s STAR/DUST website.