Tiziano Guardini Brings Light Into The Fashion

Tiziano Guardini is well known as the winner of the prestigious first edition of “The Green Carpet Fashion Awards” in 2017 and has since become a driving force in the process toward a more sustainable fashion.

For his SS20 collection, Atlantis, he found inspiration in the marine world, presenting women styled as dancing mermaids. Stripes made of nylon retrieved from abandoned nets combined with other fabrics to create the amazing waves of the skirts while lead-free Swarovski adorned the top part of the dresses, lightening the drawings by Luigi Ciuffreda. The collection, as the title implies, suggested a reflection about the risks of breaking the balance between mankind and nature, but focused on positive feelings and on the hope of a restored harmony, as typical for Tiziano Guardini.

With his AW20 collection the Italian designer further explores the idea of a search for harmony, imagining a woman who goes back to her roots. She goes back to the woods surrounding her childhood home to reconnect with nature and to the precious jacquard wallpapers and memories preserved in the house to find her past.

And this past materializes in the clothes. It shows in the coats, trousers and dresses made with Cerruti´s traditional chequered wool fabrics and jacquards, spreading a feeling of cosiness and setting a vintage mood. It also comes to life in the tailored coats made with the precious soprarizzo velvet fabrics produced by the Venetian weaver Tessiture Bevilacqua; the ancient red Persian Lions pattern on the fancy short coat taking one on a journey back to the glorious past of Venice with all its resonances.

As for the relationship with nature, Tiziano Guardini has been particularly fascinated by the latest works of the post-feminist artist Kiki Smith, recently shown in an exhibition at Palazzo Pitti in Florence. In her latest work Kiki Smith focuses on an ancestral and mystic femininity and its connection with the animal and natural world. Throughout her whole career she has been on a journey in search for harmony, convinced that things are erroneously presented as a dichotomy, a vision that clearly resonates with Tiziano Guardiniʼs one.

This inspiration has thus resulted in a series of headpieces and accessories that enrich the collection with a touch of mystery and spirituality. The artworks, produced in collaboration with Luigi Ciuffreda and Alice Barki, are made of colourful upcycled Swarovski and 3D printed recycled plastic. They are to be seen as animal totems, ready to give a guidance and protection. They represent hummingbirds, howls, foxes, dragonflies, etc. and are charged with specific meanings and “powers”.

As expected, Tiziano Guardiniʼcommitment to sustainable fashion shows. Beside using recycled or upcycled materials and favouring sustainable productive processes, he makes a point of giving details about those who are behind the clothes. The pieces will be sold with a label naming the artisans behind them thus answering the “Who made my clothes” question. He also chooses to a large extent to cooperate with local companies so to reduce the impact on the environment due to transport and to support local communities.

On the whole, Tiziano Guardini´s AW collection seems to be an invitation to get rid of artificiality and get back home to one´s roots, re-establishing harmony with one´s most true identity and with nature. It seems to be an invitation, as the title Be light suggests, to refrain from burdening on the world with one´s heavy steps but also to be positive and bright, maybe just like a colourful Swarovski embellished totem hummingbird.

Written by Sara Gilardi: Instagram
Photography by Tiziano Guardini

Scottish electro duo Dohnavùr released You Can and You Shall album

Scottish electro dua Dohnavùr have released its first album called “You Can and You Shall”. The range of styles on the album vary from out and out ambient, scratchy lo-fi, 80s acid house and 90s techno.

The modular sketches were so inspiring that Fra used over 20 samples across the 9 tracks that make up their debut album, “You Can and You Shall”, at his newly opened Werra Foxma Studio in Armadale, West Lothian. Fra would take the individual samples and build full tracks around them using Logic Pro, and heavily using a DSI Prophet rev 2 and Korg MS200b, in addition to heavy usage of legacy synths from the Roland Cloud, including TB303, Juno 106 and Jupiter 8.

The album features spoken word and vocal contributions from Australian synth-pop artist Tegan Northwood, New Zealand electronica poet Miss Leading, Kris Renji, vocalist from Scottish rock band Ikari, and Edinburgh solo artist/poet Bryce Kitcher. Remixes come from Changeling, Mike K Smith, A+B and an in-house remix from Werra Foxma.

You Can And You Shall album cover, Dohnavùr

Dohnavùr are a 2 piece electronic band from the Lothians, Scotland, consisting of Alasdair (Ali) O’May and Frazer (Fra) Brown, and have been active since mid 2019. They first met through the Electronic Music Open Mic scene in 2017 throughout the EMOM nights, hosted by Martin Christie, while playing in their respective bands; Ali playing keyboards for Number Stations, and Fra with his band the Alphabox.

The inspiration for Dohnavùr came from the freeform modular experiments Ali had been creating in his home studio in Haddington, East Lothian. In the summer of 2019, Ali handed Fra a pen drive full of modular samples, with the hope that Fra could possibly use them as the basis for a one-off track just for fun.

You Can and You Shall will also be additionally released and distributed via Finland’s Kahvi Collective, one of the world’s oldest and most established virtual labels, with the album slated for release in the summer of 2020.

Written by Dohnavùr, LondonCreativeLab.net

Photo by Dohnavùr

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