One of the young Milanese brands breathing new life into the Italian fashion scene, M1992 has become synonymous with cutting-edge experimentation and high impact shows. They certainly lived up to this reputation with their S/S 19 show at MFW, where a collection themed around ocean pollution offered up a mix of tailored pieces, eye-catching streetwear, and shoes by Premiata. Johnson Gold sat with the designer, Dorian Tarantini, to discuss the new collection.
What’s the inspiration for your collection, I see there’s a lot of sea and water imagery?
There is this kind of inspiration, and also beach inspiration, but not in a romantic or holiday way – in a dystopic way, a gothic way.
Where did this inspiration come from, did something happen?
Yeah, for example pollution happened. Last week was Ocean Day. There was a real pollution aesthetic. As you can see, surfer meets various Victorian stuff. Also reminders of ‘80s and ‘90s Italian prêt-à-porter — early ‘90s Dolce & Gabbana, and early ‘90s Prada.
Are you protesting against the pollution of our oceans and the treatment of animals?
Are you personally vegan?
I’m not vegan, but I’m interested in the pollution of the sea. I was born on the seaside, now I live in Milan.
Where were you originally from?
It’s called Sanremo, it’s near the French coast but I’m Italian.
So sea is an important symbol.
What is your favourite piece from the collection?
I really like the Hawaiian shirts with a corporate aesthetic
You went very sophisticated with this collection, incorporating suits, why did you incorporate that?
Yes, there is this corporate business image. I want to do a mix for the young, the ladies. Something for everyone.
Check out the backstage at M1992 Spring/Summer 2019 Menswear collection which showcased at Milan Fashion Week below:
Photographer: Alexandre Gaudin.
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