Balaclavas are having a moment in AW18

Balaclavas are having a moment in AW18

Collater.al Contributors · 1 year ago · Art

In this cold winter, fully covering our head became a trend approved from the big names of fashion.

We’ve seen them on the catwalks of Gucci, Lanvin, Versace and many more, and they were featured on the cult rap videos of the last couple of months, but only few know the origins of the balaclava. The garment was invented in 1854, in the occasion of the Crimean War, to repair the soldiers fighting from the cold, to say the least, climate. British women knitted headgear for the fighting soldiers and sent them to Balaclava, Ukraine.

Since 19th century until now, time has gone and the balaclava became one of the key pieces of high altitudes wardrobe and began being used for less ‘legitimate’ purposes (think about Diabolik). What initially was conceived as a strictly practical and protective garment, has become very fashionable today and we see it everywhere: from the catwalks, to rap music videos, to the streets of Milan, London and New York.

Here are our favorite pieces of the season:

Gucci

The Gucci balaclava becomes a mask covering the face with bright and patterned knits, similar to the ones painted on Kabuki performers, a traditional Japanese dance-drama.

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Calvin Klein

Raf Simmons takes the balaclava afar from its typically dark connotations, creating headgear with big colorful knits, varying from the primary tones of red, yellow and blu, to pastel colors like pink, green and turquoise. Here it is worn by rapper Juice WRLD in his video Realer N Realer.

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Lanvin

For Lanvin, the balaclava gains a refined and elegant aesthetic, completing a smart look in total black.

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Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang’s draws inspiration from the sportswear and ski world. Paired up on the runway with Matrix-style shades, white shirts or tracksuits, it becomes a symbol of power dressing.

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Undercover

Undercover made its first knit version in 2013, worn by Kanye West at the Margiela show. This year it is proposed in pail fabric, available in different color ways going from bright yellow to deep green and black.

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Marine Serre

The Arab designer Marine Serre came up with several ways to keep your head covered. Her balaclavas are realized with the same lycra fabric of the leggings and great part of her collections. The total black version is followed by two other models featuring a pattern made of half moons, logo of the brand.

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Versace

To conclude, the glamour version by Versace, adorned with shiny beads. Here it is worn by FKA Twigs in A$AP Rocky’s video “Fukk Sleep”.

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Text by Enrica Miller

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Soul of the sea, Eron’s work for migrants

Soul of the sea, Eron’s work for migrants

Claudia Fuggetti · 1 year ago · Art

Famous Italian street artist Eron has dedicated to migrants his last amazing work, called Soul of the Sea, where faces of women and children appear evanescent on the side of a rusty wreck. We had left the artist with Tower to the People in Santarcangelo as a work that celebrated peace; once again, the topic dealt with is full of political and social meanings.

The work is located inside Palazzo della Enciclopedia Treccani of Rome, on the occasion of an open to the public conference about writing historicization and street art. The wreck on which the graffiti was made, previously found off the coast of Croatia, was later taken to a site in Rimini to be part of a series of paintings dedicated to the soul and the memory of objects.

The final placement of Soul of the sea will be inside a permanent exhibition space in Rome, which has not yet been revealed.

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Across Aykut Aydogdu’s incredible universe

Across Aykut Aydogdu’s incredible universe

Claudia Fuggetti · 1 year ago · Art

Aykut Aydogdu is a graphic designer born in 1986 in Ankara, Turkey, who began to get interested in the world of teenage graphics. On Instagram, his profile has more than 341,000 followers and continues to grow. His graphics are almost all portraits that seem painted, each table is incredible and full of meanings, which are very linked to the exploration of the ego.

Psychological introspection is enhanced through the use of visual metaphors and very suggestive aesthetic combinations, capable of arousing a sense of immediate identification in the viewer. This universe built by the artist is a world that exists within us, exteriorized in every nuance.

You can visit the artist’s Instagram profile here.

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Google Assistant commercial with Kevin McCallister takes us back 30 years

Google Assistant commercial with Kevin McCallister takes us back 30 years

Giulia Guido · 1 year ago · Art

After seeing dozens and dozens of Christmas spots, perhaps, we have this year’s winner. Yesterday Google published a fantastic commercial that advertises Google Assistant and takes us back almost thirty years.

It was 1991 when Home Alone came out in theaters and since then it has found a place in our hearts and has become one of the classic Christmas movies.

Today Google takes us back to that same house, with a slightly grown-up Kevin McCallister, always played by Macaulay Culkin, but with a little extra help, namely Google Assistant.

Thanks to the help and features of Google Assistant, Kevin, who was once again at home alone, sets reminders, makes the shopping list, uses cameras and heating systems without moving a finger and, above all, sets up the Kevin operation, thus managing to send away the thieves.

In addition to the spot I recommend watching the make off, which compares the scenes of the film with those of the spot and I’m sure will move you.

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Warm colors and intimacy in Martina Francone’s illustrations

Warm colors and intimacy in Martina Francone’s illustrations

Claudia Fuggetti · 1 year ago · Art

Martina Francone is an Italian illustrator based in Denmark who makes works strongly characterized by warm colors such as red, orange and yellow. The recreated atmosphere is intimate and emotional but at the same time narrative and strongly communicative: Martina’s story is very interesting because at the age of 19 she has traveled around Europe and this has influenced her art.

In her illustrated book Abbecedario illustrator per i viaggi in solitaria, the artist is told through illustrations that represent the theme of travel as an existential path of growth and inner enrichment. Her sensitivity translates into a well-defined style, which is able to convey emotions with great immediacy and simplicity.

Take a look at her Instagram profile.

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