IVO MILAN – Radical Fashion Blog

At the acme of summer, the first winter arrivals distract us from the high temperatures and from the phlegmatic calm of the semi-deserted cities.

In the store we can taste the new season that day by day takes shape around the choices made six months ago, during the Milan and Paris orders.

There’s no need to be distracted though, because the news will be really exciting: authors like Marc Le BihanRenli Su and many other surprises, unprecedented poetics that will integrate the already available assortment, projecting us onto truly prolific, cultured and ingenious global modernity.

While waiting a quick look at the new arrivals, from Daniela Gregis to Boboutic, the 132. 5 by Issey Miyake, the nuno felt of Cri-S and the Trippen shoes…

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On the first day of Autumn, 21st of September, 2017, we find ourselves inside the Oratorio della Passione at the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, a large wooden structure brushed with blue, an abiding memory of bathing establishments impregnated with sun and salt which welcomes the public and takes it back to the summer just passed.

Masterful interpreter of the most identifying aspects of the seasons, Daniela Gregis takes away from the public the summer nostalgia by carrying it with decision in the future Spring/Summer 2018.

The sea is a dominant presence, cited in the countless shades of blue, in the unusual variations of the typical sailor stripes, in the many forms of weaving: with horizontal stripes or laddered net squares. The maritime environment, with its relaxed rhythms and crafts that expand its flavors and rituals, is evoked in the light and colored fibers of linens, in the accessories, bags and buckets that lead to reserved beaches, two-colored straw baskets to be filled with local products. The modus of realizations is always complex: from the covered stitches on the inside and outside to make the clothes reversible, to experimental techniques on completely natural materials, such as the linen, ‘beaten’ and combined in chromatic overlaps from which derive previously unexpressed colors, to wise doses of light and dark. Airy gauze, light or relaxed canvases, washed, and other, more sustained, fabrics, among the countless possibilities of the designer to translate the summer of Bergamo, together with the inevitable playful elements traceable in her printed cottons: with multicolored stylized fish or brushed with confused and vital skies.















The season takes shape, suggests occasions, brings closer and holds the best of days…


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Much closer to a theatrical performance, the Comme des Garçons fashion shows have become an opportunity to witness the staging of a sort of textile fashion zeitgeist. The designer’s renouncement of any sort of purposeful function for the season links, in fact, the viewers to an unprecedented interpretive tension, aimed at guessing the possible materials that they may be able to see later in the showroom but also, and this being everyone’s challenge, guessing the cryptic message carried by strictly scenographic clothes, often in symbiosis with the soundtrack. Inside the Russian embassy, the selected place for the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show, we will not find any garment that can be worn, but the theme and the spirit of the collection, called Multidimensional Graffiti.

Rei Kawakubo arbitrarily combines the 16th century, in the recognizable works of Arcimboldo and Sesson Shuchei (an artist more familiar to the Japanese culture) with the contemporary black and white illustrations by Stefan Marx, the graphic design of the eBoy group, the manga drawings of Makoto Tahashi, or the colored faces of Serge Vollin. A hammering soundtrack, definitely pop, holds together the different artistic experiences, perhaps an invitation to recognize the value of youth culture or more a subtle parody of the confusion around the concept of contemporary art?

Accompanied by the many questions created by the designer herself, in the showroom we finally discover the translation in the form of dress of the Kawakubo provocations.

The pictorial or graphic works occupy the entire space of the dresses and shirts, classic fabrics, such as the glen plaid become gimmicks to emphasize more sophisticated textile games, made of cut sleeves and sewn on the body. The forms help, in their way of suiting nicely, to transform the female silhouettes into singular supports meant to lead elements of art history in everyday life.











Our video footage can be an useful tool to enter with less difficulty in the most practicable dimension of Comme des Garçons and to learn also about the less daring world of the other line dear to the Maison, the Comme des Garçons-Comme des Garçons.

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Never as for the case of Gustavo Lins is the expression ‘clothes as architectures for the body’ more fitting. In fact the Brasilian designer is born as an architect but, after accepting the challenge of his university professor, he transferred and put into play the skills acquired in the discipline onto other materials. It is not by chance that his creations repeat that harmonious geometric complexity, of whom has the clear awareness about proportions and measures.

In his professional evolution Gustavo is today more and more fascinated by the kimono, above all for the elegance in which he forces the wearer’s posture, but also for the freedom granted in his ability to be ‘adjust’. Combining his passion for geometry with the qualities of the traditional Japanese garment, the designer therefore focuses on pieces that do not offer a size development but rather adapt and modify their plasticity according to the different silhouettes.

Tunics and dresses, or the interesting shirt/jacket with fabric parts and knitted parts, lend themselves to non-unique uses, can be worn long or shorter, wider or slim fit, with simple precautions that from time to time transform balances and appearances. Not suitable for those looking for a resolute and dry composure, Gustavo aims at a more open and available public, accommodating towards indeterminate and less definitive lines, that are able to reveal themselves in motion and in the participatory experimentation of those who choose them.










As always, an opportunity to appreciate the discovery is to accompany you into his show-room in Paris…


Find online the new Spring/Summer Collection of Gustavo Lins


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Daniela Gregis


While winter insists in the slow progress of Febbruary, the new collections already anticipate a spring glimpse. The first deliveries of Issey Miyake, Pleats Please, Shu Moriyama and Boboutic, accelerate the calendar projecting us on milder temperatures, longer days and more radiant colors, teasing a yearning for change, for a radical aesthetic renewal now dulled by winter routines.


Every day the catalog of Spring/Summer 2018 collection expands … new photos, new arrivals and new discoveries!


Daniela Gregis


Daniela Gregis


Issey Miyake


Issey Miyake


Forme D’Expression


Casey Casey






Zucca – Japan


Zucca – Japan


Trippen – Berlin

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