IVO MILAN – Radical Fashion Blog


Junya Watanabe Spring/Summer 2014

Paris Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014 ended a few days ago and, though a lot has already been talked about in various online magazines, we can’t help but share our enthusiasm and our experience – as we have in times past – by offering a brief pictorial glimpse of what is coming to the store.

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Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2014

Sari and Orlando Milan, among the people for the Vivienne Westwood fashion show…September, 28th, Rue du 4 September, Le Centorial

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Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan, Padova

As many of you know, IVO MILAN of Padua had the honour of hosting the first exhibition by the Friulian designer Lucia Venturini from 5 to 18 June this year.

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan

It was an exciting experience, not just for the visionary beauty of the models on display, but also thanks to the energetic participation and the rich exchange of opinions in the lively gathering of old and newfound friends, all united by their curiosity for the event and an undeniable and deep-rooted passion for experimental clothing styles.

Here, a little late perhaps, we are pleased to feature a brief presentation of Elle Venturini‘s proposals as a small thank you to those who were kind enough to visit us and give those who could not enjoy it live a glimpse of what they missed.

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan overview

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan detail

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan white detail

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan creased detail

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan black jacket

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan micky mouse skirt

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan t-shirt stripe

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan black dress

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan black dress detail

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan skirts detail

Elle Venturini for Albero dei Fiori

Elle Venturini for Ivo Milan red skirt detail

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Flowers and Terracotta…

Cultural encounters and events allow us to remember that IVO MILAN is more than just an online catalogue available anywhere in the world and that it is first and foremost an actual store, located in the historical centre of Padua, Italy. The store’s location makes it a highly visible meeting point that lends itself to exchanges between people from diverse backgrounds, united by a strong aesthetic sense and the desire to share their work with the public.

Here are some pictures taken last Friday evening, when a show by the sculptor Elio Armano graced the locations of ALBERO DEI FIORI, MARIJKE STUDIO – Fine jewellery and IVO MILAN.

The three different shops are not simply linked by their locations next to the intersection of Via Boccalerie and Via Santa Lucia, but mainly by their close professional affinity. MARJIKE STUDIO and its showcase display avant-garde contemporary art jewellery,

ALBERO DEI FIORI has endless and suggestive flower arrangements that colour and perfume the narrow porticoes of the street

and the shops nearby.

These three different shops are united by friendship and, on this occasion, by the works of Elio Armano. The recent birthday celebration for Simonetta (Albero dei Fiori) provided an excellent chance to get together and play host to as well as work around a shared idea of ​​beauty… a festive event that we celebrated in the style ​​that we adore and that exemplifies us the most!

Photographs by Sari Milan

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The first impression one gets from Rei Kawakubo’s summer collection is that it is suited for the Tin Man from Frank L. Baum’s famous book, The Wizard of Oz. This impression is highlighted by eccentric tin hats sitting atop the heads of models with emotionless faces, whose make-up seems like it comes from another dimension, or another planet.

The daring genius of Comme des Garçons’ designer outlines the future for the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The sculptural metal headdresses set the stage to present he conceptual value of the clothes in which each piece of clothing acts as a means to give form to something else in a veritable fashion meta-language. As simplified and superficial the message of the system may be, the more complex and structured Rei Kawakubo‘s proposals become.

Suits, vests, jackets and skirts made up of scraps and the leftover materials of other clothing, are sewn, layered and reassembled into contours that take shape with the extraordinary freedom of expression and incomparable skill of the clothier. Expertly crafted spiral lines, chaotic and yet balanced between solids and voids yield the profiles of T-shirts, jacket sleeves or surplus fabric that is then folded and crumpled to provide crafted, poetic origami effects.

Rei Kawakubo‘s exuberant creativity tailors pieces to be worn and interpreted according to personal preferences and feelings, making use of an aesthetic model of the most advanced contemporary artistic expressions, whose shape and structural uncertainty leave her work continuously open to  imagination!

and Sari, the photographer…


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