Close your eyes and imagine a fashion collection in which the designs have been directly inspired by art. Now open them and prepare to be amazed. Talented Greek fashion designer Angelos Frentzos’ projects have seen him collaborating with different leading contemporary artists on each seasonal collection. After the Dutch artist Marc Bijl, the Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee and a collaboration with the Dover Street Market/DSM Ginza Store curated by 2Palms Ltd Editions, his latest capsule collection is now inspired by revered New York based artist Michael Bevilacqua. The result is Project Frentzos 4, a limited collection of only 100 pieces, produced exclusively for the boutique Antonioli in Milano, Italy.
This is a bold and iconic collection, inspired by Michael Bevilacqua’s work - an incorporation of goth and pop culture, symbols and iconic imagery as a visual diary inspired by life growing up in Northern California and studying modern painting. Using an excitingly variety of fabrics such as silk jersey, nylon parachute material and merino wool, Angelos Frentzos has crafted a collection that consists of striking garments that range from edgy bomber jackets, wearable t-shirts, jumpers, mid-calf skimming shorts and voluminous trousers that all have a distinctly urban feel. There’s a young and fresh feel to this collection - these are clothes for the fashion forward, not the faint hearted.
The collection which makes a tough, dark and unforgettable statement, has been created as a fashion/artwork with items printed and patched with Michael Bevilacqua’s paintings, containing musical and cultural references such as the dark and gritty UK band Joy Division. Captured in striking black and white by Australian photographer Bill Georgoussis, a favourite of many of-the-moment fashion publications for his bold use of cinematic light, the bold iconic presence of this collection is showcased by ensuring that the fashion/art takes centre stage. How could it not really.
Each piece is numbered from 1 to 100 and has a tag containing the certification of works of art and the explanation of the project. Available from 31 May 2013.