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The A/W 13/14 Carlotta Actis Barone Collection is a tribute to feminine art and sensitivity. This season, the images and concept references of the collection were inspire by the Italian born artist: Manuela Corti. “New geometric era”, the artistic movement where Manuela’s work started, was a current of the 1990s, and inspired by the Cubism and Dadaism eras of the beginning of last century. Before that, it was the “geometric phase” of ancient Greek art. Manuela followed her own path, breaking away from the big U.S. current, developing an original three-dimensional link between painting and sculptures. Carlotta Actis Barone A/W 13/14 is a collection of contrasts: old and new,light and heavy, black and white. On the same wavelength, the linear 2D cuts of the garments; are used as a contrast, as they create a 3D effect, which enhances the female body. The clothes are sophisticated and elegant, giving the women who wear them a 1930s’ aura of refinement that reassesses the contemporaneous style of the Tamara de Lempika paintings and the ever so classic Coco Chanel. The fabrics are assembled as a contrast between flowing (the soft pleated nets), the semi-rigid (the faux leather), in-between the transparent (the fine nets) and the opaque (the thick jerseys and wools). Shapes and textures tell the story of the intricate female mind, which makes women so fascinating and mysterious. Two original 1990s art works by Manuela Corti (exclusively given for this collection) are the graphic base of fabric prints, whose weave recalls the slogans “Fashion Forgery” and “Fashion Clockwork”. These slogans are explicit in the bodysuits, the B line of Carlotta Actis Barone, hallmark of all her collections. The collection is formed in the majority of dresses, cocktail dresses and evening gowns, but also elegant jackets and coats. The colours that run through the garments are mainly blacks, whites and their shades, like cream and greys, to better express the stratification of the elements and the beauty of the contradictions when they are assembled together.
About the Designer
Carlotta is based in London, United Kingdom. She studied at Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated in 2009. Her collections are produced in Italy.
Carlotta Actis Barone collections are the expression of her artistic and socially orientated background.
Carlotta was born and raised in Italy, daughter of a visual artist and a published author.
She grew up in a very creative environment, where she was stimulated and encouraged to cultivate her creative interests in literature and the arts.
After moving to London and graduating with honours from Central Saint Martins she then gained experience working for names such as Stella McCartney, Balmain and BCBG Max Azria among others; building her knowledge and working towards establishing her own brand, which she launched at London Fashion Week in September 2010.
Carlotta's style is very unique, with a strong signature, which relates extremely modern matters whilst also drawing on influences from the past. Her garments are tasteful and bold, conveying statements and messages through intricate shapes, slogans and symbols.
As She says herself, Carlotta likes to give to her clothes a voice of their own, so the wearer is not only a representation of femininity but also the carrier of a message.
Carlotta Actis Barone luxury brand is now preparing for its 6th season and will be showing at London Fashion Week in September this year.
The brand covers two lines: evening & occasion wear (including bespoke red carpet items) and her diffusion range, which offers more accessible pieces at a lower price range.
Carlotta’s distinguished style has received much praise from press and consumers, with collections featured in Vogue UK and Italy, Glamour UK and Italy, British Airways Magazine, Dash and Kult Magazine, among other high profile International press.
Carlotta's distinguished style has received much praise from press and consumers, with collections featured in Vogue UK and Italy, Glamour UK and Italy, British Airways Magazine, Dash and Kult Magazine, among other high profile International press and last but not least I-D (The Just Kids Issue NO.320 - August 2012)
Carlotta Actis Barone is currently stocked in several prestigious Italian boutiques, including Alan Journo, situated in the glamorous via della Spiga in Milan, Epoca in Siena and Vale de Lux Store in Castiglione della Pescaia.