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Matteo Molinari showed his SS13 menswear and accessories range as part of LCFM, an initiative that brought together LCF’s most exciting menswear alumni during London Collections Men. The runway event, styled by i-D’s Fashion Editor Elgar Johnson, Showcased Molinari’s collection to an attentive audience that gathered at the Royal Society of Arts on 15 June 2012. The Detailing of the pattern cutting, the sharp fit and the mixture of Italian Manufacture, Japanese fabrics, hand stitching, crochet and handmade embroidery (produced by close family members) make his collection quirky but also hugely personal and emotional. Expect drawn thread work motifs on fitted jacket lapels, elegant wide leg and tapered trousers unconventionally paired with blouson shirts and oversized heavy knitwear; shown in a palette of white, black, cream, light grey and different shades of red. As also featured in previous collections, Molinari complemented the range of clothes with stylish spectacles and sunglasses.
About the Designer
Matteo is based in London, United Kingdom. He studied at London College of Fashion. His collections are produced in Italy.
Matteo is from Auronzo di Cadore in Northern Italy – his route onto MA Fashion Design and Technology Menswear was far from conventional having previously studied communication (BA) and philosophy and semiotic (MA)– but after working with the Borbonese Group designing a diffusion line of handbags he decided to come to London to take his design skills further.
His highly desirable and beautifully tailored collection fuses modern tailoring with traditional craftsmanship. Drawing inspiration from his fascination for the small dots, lines and circles printed onto white paper that his Mother and sisters used to create crochet lace – he created patterns which were converted into pieces of crochet and put into panels of his sophisticated black and white collection. This complex technique of combining crochet into the luxurious menswear fabric creates a dichotomy between what is traditionally seen as male and female. The detailing of the pattern cutting, the sharp fit and the mixture of Italian manufacture, japanese fabrics, hand stitching and crochet (produced by close family members) makes his collection luxurious and desirable but also hugely personal and emotional.
Matteo won the price for the Best Collection of the Year awarded by the chairman of the British Fashion Council Harold Tillman.
Matteo’s collection will be available to order and a line of sunglasses and glasses is already available.