RESEARCH AREA
spring/summer 2022
Editorial
Edition 88
08.02.2021
curated by Angelo Figus and Nicola Miller
NEW NEW
That which occurred over the last few months has profoundly changed us.
The effects of the lockdown will not be short-lived, and deep reflections will condition our actions and our way of living over the next few years. History has simply accelerated a process of change already underway, which today becomes reality. We have experienced smart working, the invasion of private space – made public – an obsession with hygiene, and isolation that is also overexposure. We have been rewarded or penalized in our ability to access gardens, parks, or the countryside. Priorities have been overturned. To change us.  

WILD WISE

In the first theme, we will discover nature as a new, yet ancient, criteria of well-being, harmony, happiness, and equilibrium. From the surfaces of objects to occupied spaces, shared both inside and outside the home, our need to breathe and socialize will transform our home into a garden, while cities – and especially squares – will become wild and free places where it is possible to socialize, go to school, and work. Outdoors. The distance between people will turn into a new kind of closeness in healthy and lush places, and will become contact between people, with nature and in nature, while tearing down some of the barriers erected along with some of the rules created for crowded areas. Nature will be a guarantor of the equilibrium that has been called into question by the new existential dilemma: remaining physically close and staying socially distant for our own health and well-being. The concept of distancing will lead the way; with the shortening of the distance between nature and civilization, and the distance we maintain for our own health. 

OPENLY PRIVATE

During the lockdown, global sportswear and leisurewear firms saw their revenue grow, demonstrating just how important the concepts of comfort and exercise are even in circumstances of great stagnation. The public and private dimension meet up in a new expression of the self. Informality and uninhibition will be the new stylistic calling cards, the concept of ‘above the table’ dress in the outfit becomes very important. This is an experimental and unexpected theme. It plays around with nudity, with the private ‘beneath the table’ dress and with the more elaborate and refined ‘above the table’. The emphasis is on the upper part of the body. The informality of the domestic lifestyle becomes social and something to be shown off. Our homes open up like museums, with our wardrobes becoming public domain, and our homewear is clearly put on show through video conference calls. Domestic motifs of dishcloths, sofas, and checkered and floral canvas become the new elegance. 

CLEAN LINK

We are made for looking, touching, and feeling. The world is not a sterile container, but a splendid terrain for playing and experimentation. In the coming season, the psychosis of isolation, distancing, and sanitizing the hands takes on more relaxed tones and more joyful and playful expressions. In particular, the obsession with cleaning, detergents, and disinfectants, will have a more colorful and experimental expression. The colors of detersives, bottles, surfaces, and sponges will become new knit surfaces that play around with an extremely positive and optimistic, and colorful and youthful, streetwear. Everything is new and optimistic in this theme, just like the high expectations generated by opening a brand-new item just bought in the store, which is about to be put on for the first time. In this theme, nothing will be pre-loved, pre-used, pre…
Brand New, the transparent bag itself will be an integrated part of the garment, resulting bright and shiny, while vacuum packaging and pressed paddings come to life when the bag is opened. A light, yet extremely relevant, fashion.