“A desert landscape, a mindscape, a soundscape, a backdrop where music falls, escaping rules, heart-felt vibrations rustling,” began Paolo Cazana’s show notes, almost conjuring a sacred and secret place in the guests’ minds, a place in which his beautiful garments were about to become alive. “I want us to become collective harmony of sound. I want to be hope for you when you are proud,” they continued.
In only 15 Fall/Winter 2023 looks, Carzana managed to do what he does best, offer a true sense of intimacy through tantalizingly sheer fabrications and asymmetrically layered fabrics. Following his tradition of naturally dying garments, the line-up became a collective harmony of raw color and texture. Accents of blue, ochre and pale salmon contrasted against Welsh tapestry embroidered wool tunics and bandanas.
A resident of the Sarabande foundation and Central Saint Martin’s MA graduate, Carzana likes to look at nature for inspiration; its strength; its colors; its rawness; its romance. For this season, however, there was also an element of looking at the past, at a queer renaissance. Taking the spotlight were bows wrapped around the models’ torsos, a symbol of resistance. At the same time, slices of fabric dragged across the runway floor — prior to revealing angel-like ensembles conveying a sense of clarity. “Aren’t we all just trying to feel something again?,” finished the show notes.
Take a look at Paolo Carzana’s FW23 collection in the gallery above.
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