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Carlotta Actis Barone’s Spring-Summer 2013 collection is based on the opera “ The Magic Flute”, composed in 1791 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The main principle of the opera is the eternal fight between good and bad forces, where eventually the good wins. The Queen of the Night, that is interpreted by Mozart as the symbol of the evil becomes in Carlotta’s garments the Queen of the Day. Sarastro, symbolising the sun, shines through the bright colours of the whole collection, from bright oranges, to neon greens and intense purples. The prints designs, inspired by the costumes of Papageno and Papagena, are an elaboration of feathers patterns that becomes a fluid marble drawing on the fabric as well as the luxurious feathers that enrich few items. Light cottons and silks take inspiration from the oriental location of the opera and emphasise the beauty of life when things end up being good after all. Garments’ buttons, beautifully hand crafted specifically for this collection, represent two people embracing. They are symbol of protection and love, which is one of the main principles of the freemasons, the secret affiliation that Mozart belonged to and that is the basis of the opera. The ribbed-shape of the garments comes from the cages carried in the opera by Papageno and Papagena. In this collection they are intended as “liberating cages”, where the wearer brakes through them and finds freedom in the mutual help and care for each other. The cage shapes can be seen in structured hips, big rigid skirts as well as structured jacket tails and pointed structured shoulders. They also take inspiration from the underskirts so typical of women fashion of the 1700’s. This collection is a celebration of happiness, protection, sisterhood and love.
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.