Paolo Carzana @farfallapaolino
“This collection is my personal healing journey from darkness and pain into hope and light,” reflects MA designer Paolino. Paolo Carzana considers this latest offering a sequel to his BA collection, which started with a pilgrimage to healing waters in Wales and Italy. An homage to his roots, the designs started life as a selection of oils, which could be combined with homemade natural pigments and healing water to make up each garment. The fabrics are traditional Welsh tapestry, Piñatex pineapple ‘leather’ and cellulose fibres. Listening to the menswear designer recount his process, it’s unsurprising that he was awarded the Kering Scholarship for Sustainability. “I believe we need fashion and we need well-worked and thoughtful pieces created by individuals who believe in their own, personal craft,” he says. This collection is his fight for the future of fashion, an attempt to lift the air of uncertainty currently shrouding it. The BFC and LVMH scholar has a singular focus, and has created his collection in a singular way to boot. Every aspect was made by him, focusing on the role of designer-as-craftsperson.