09 July 2016 18:00:00
Stone Island FW 16/17 Lookbook
Catching glimpse of the future together with the Italian brand
Summer is in its pride and nothing means trouble, though the fashion industry is always one step closer to the future. Once again, the Italian brand at the crossroads of clothing and art reflects on the vital. Today, we talk about the history of the brand and its interpretations. Join the discussion of one of the most anticipated collections of 2016, Stone Island FW 16/17 lineup, together with BRANDSHOP.
Stone Island is the company where every release is a matter of interest. Despite the brand being initially niche, any drop, even the smallest one, is always a sensation striking the off-season fashion slack like a tremendous roar. Together with his apprentices, Carlo Rivetti, the company veteran and its creative director, has absorbed all the best Massimo Osti and Paul Harvey had in the alma mater. For the 9th year in a row, Rivetti challenges all the existing fashion dogmas with his collections. Stone Island is still looking at the clothes from either side, as if the first question crossing designers’ minds at the sight of new fabrics were, “would it make for a jacket?”
In its Fall/Winter 16/17 collection, Stone Island has got back to basics tinkering with the classical silhouettes and giving them a fresh view through the lens of aesthetics and utility. The company has decided to work over the signature elements, hence everything we’ve got used to. Several familiar patterns at once receive a fresh new layout due to technologies much loved by the designers. Part of the products is dyed using Fissato method with the water-soluble resin treatment applied to the garment creating a three-dimensional effect. The Archivio line delivers a fresh postmodern view covering the entire brand’s experience: each model, as if it were a museum piece, receives a description of every textile innovation, while every garment has a label tag sampling the innovative fabric attached. The Stone Island all-time classics yet its signature piece is the Garment Dyeing technology. The extraordinary coloring is achieved by means of the technological process: when exposed to a dye, different fabrics an item incorporates respond differently.
Ahead of the time
One of the most exciting textiles in the collection is the polypropylene denim, exclusive innovative fabric being indigo dyed cotton yarn spun with polypropylene fibers. The lightest artificial material yet with antibacterial properties, even the puffed polypropylene-made garments are relatively lightweight. The fibers make denim much lighter than its traditional fellow-fabric while providing it with distinguished drapery. This year, the company has as well joined forces with the oldest textile house in England, the Dourmeuil factory, to create the exclusive Stone Island House Check. Initially, the designers sought to embed the compass into horizontal and vertical lines of the check design. When creating the fabric, designers picked an old-time hand-operated Jacquard machine, which could make the delicate pattern due to its leisure pace of work. Another usual visitor of the Stone Island collections, the DAVID-TC fabric is a durable waterproof material, being hand-dyed at the post-processing stage under the Fallout Color technology to make each garment unique. Actually, the latest collection has proved many-sided yet absolutely worth waiting for.
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