To mark the collaboration, the 2 manufacturers took over the Le Progrès café within the Marais space right here on Thursday for a jovial breakfast occasion. A avenue casting modeled the quirky garments among the many tables whereas passersby took within the scene and press and associates of the manufacturers stopped for a fast espresso and croissant earlier than kicking off their day by day vogue marathon.
The casual temper mirrored the one among each Forte_Forte’s cofounder and inventive director Giada Forte and the trio behind Lessico Familiare. Based in the course of the pandemic and rooted in sustainability, the latter is the brainchild of Riccardo Scaburri, Alberto Petillo and Alice Curti, who met one another whereas attending the NABA vogue, artwork and design faculty. After taking completely different paths within the trade, in 2020 they determined to launch the quirky label by taking a look at what their home setting might provide. Therefore, curtains, mats, and discarded garments have been upcycled to show a “acquainted lexicon” (because the model’s title interprets to in English) into new items, that are marked by a froufrou and a bit costume-y aesthetic wealthy in bows, flounces and patchworks.
“This undertaking began by likelihood due to a good friend who collaborates with us for a few years and met Riccardo [Scaburri] and thought I would really like him lots,” recalled Forte. “I didn’t know their work and I used to be fascinated by their concept of volumes and of injecting a contemporary imaginative and prescient and poetry into previous garments. They’ve this joyous freshness. And since yearly we do a undertaking of one-off items with artists, we considered doing one thing collectively,” she added.
For the event, Forte dived into its archives to tug out the model’s signature clothes – such because the boho shirt, slip costume, pajama units and mannish blazer jackets – that have been faulty or prototypes of designs that weren’t put into manufacturing.
Below the Lessico Familiare trio’s contact, gadgets have been dismantled and reassembled, shirts juxtaposed and stitched collectively to create new designs in maxi slouchy proportions; blazer jackets deconstructed and worn with glitter ribbons as ties; pajama units revisited with a lame end for a extra eccentric impact, and billowing shirts and ethereal slipdresses embroidered with crystals and punctuated by cobranded bows to exude a DIY really feel.
“We do solely womenswear and with Riccardo we considered revisiting additionally the masculine archetypes… So it resulted in these genderless items and it’s form of Forte_Forte’s first time in dressing males, too,” mentioned Forte.
The romantic vibe of the capsule assortment, which was dubbed “Poem for a man,” was additional amplified by its delicate palette of buttery colours and pastel shades, like powder pink, pale yellow and ivory, with few pops of purple right here and there.
General, the vary contains roughly 25 one-off designs, which now hit the racks of the Forte_Forte retailer in Rue de Grenelle earlier than touring to the model’s boutiques in Milan and Madrid subsequent.
Supported by Type Capital, which in April 2017 acquired a majority stake within the model, Forte_Forte kickstarted its retail enlargement by opening its first retailer in Milan in 2018, shortly adopted by the Paris outpost. The model is current additionally in London, Tokyo, Rome, Forte dei Marmi and opened its first U.S. retailer on Melrose Place in Los Angeles final yr.
Forte_Forte’s sustainable bent goes manner again, too, because it launched its seminal collaboration with silk specialist Mantero Seta to retrieve and breathe new life into deadstock silks greater than a decade in the past. Throughout the pandemic the model boosted arty tie-ups, starting from the “Corde Vocali” undertaking with artist Pauline Guerrier utilizing its deadstock materials for her creative tapestry to partnering with Ukranian skills final yr.
As for Lessico Familiare, sustainability has been embedded within the model’s ethos since its launch and rooted in its artisanal items, that are developed ranging from the materials the founders discover round. The trio has all the time thought of the label a home undertaking reasonably than a correct vogue model, because it follows no season however embraces experimental initiatives as a substitute.
Nonetheless, Lessico Familiare made its debut on the Milan Males’s Trend Week schedule in June 2022 with a bridal-inspired assortment, adopted by the student “Cocktail” vary unveiled earlier this yr at Fondazione Sozzani in Milan.
The label is especially obtainable on its e-commerce as a result of its artisanal, handmade manufacturing.