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Designer Spotlight: Gian Romano

His latest collection: tweaked basics that showcase his fusion of function and provocation.
Designer Spotlight: Gian Romano His latest collection: tweaked basics that showcase his fusion of function and provocation.

There is no shortage of practical function in Gian Romano's latest collection, C Major in Drop D. We don't mean to sound too pragmatic about it, especially since the pieces don't look like they brag of purpose right from the get-go. But the pieces are basically reworked wardrobe staples, tweaked in accordance to Gian's wry and wicked play with the precise craft of tailoring. And as such, there is no shortage of sexiness and provocation in the collection, either. All a right mix for Gian's fusion of form and function, both slashed to wit's end such that the pieces throb with sly danger and bracing misbehavior.

There are plenty of deliberate gashes in the pieces: cutouts in the cotton tanks and dresses that give a voyeuristic peep into the bare skin beneath, slashes that lacerate the basic silhouettes almost to their end until they are resurrected as mischievous versions of nondescript garments. Add to that the leather vests and harnesses that evoke the slightest S&M motivations and you're covered in bad girl, sexy street appeal. Then wear the silk serpentina skirts cut flatteringly on the bias and you're more than ready to be the slinky source of sartorial sinfulness in whatever chichi affair you've sauntered into. As we said, no shortage of sexiness and provocation.

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The men's pieces are equally provocative: zippered leather jackets paired with slouchy tees have an urban nomadic, rakish magnetism. Trousers do not have a fixed waistband so they rely on belts for impetuous support, and the slouchy effect counters the stern tailoring that is Gian's forte. Nothing too stiff and Savile Row-y here—more gritty East End, if you will.

Read on to know more about Gian Romano's C Major Drop D, and click on the photo gallery to view the entire collection.

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE COLLECTION.

I was initially inspired by the movie Agora. Everything about the whole movie just got me. I was also looking into the Book of the Apocalypse, most specifically the Four Horsemen. Armory and stuff. 

WHAT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES DID YOU USE?

I used a lot of wool, cotton, silk and leather.  There are pieces in the collection that have detachable parts for functionality. Pants and skirts with built-in belts.

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WHAT ARE ITS SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES TO YOUR PAST COLLECTIONS?

There are a lot more softer silhouettes this season, softer fabrication as well. Still maintaining the classic cutting and structure of every garment.

WHO DO YOU ENVISION WEARING THIS PARTICULAR COLLECTION?

I always say “find yourself in the clothes.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE PIECES FROM THIS LINEUP?

Everything is special to me since I consider every piece as a part of me.

HOW DOES THIS COLLECTION REPRESENT YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC?

The mix of form and function.

WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FOR YOUR NEXT COLLECTION?

Picking up where I left off.

Click on the photo gallery to view Gian Romano's A/W 2011-2012 collection, C Major Drop D. Read on to find out more about him as a designer.

Click here to watch the behind-the-scenes video of the look book shoot.

Click here for Gian Romano's Designer Directory.

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