Australian label STRATEAS CARLUCCI returned to Paris this week, presenting its Autumn/Winter 2016/17 collection on the opening day of Paris Fashion Week, alongside the likes of Valentino, Haider Ackermann and Raf Simons.
STRATEAS CARLUCCI made history last June when it became the first Australian menswear label to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale, the governing body of the French fashion industry, to present on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar. The Australian duo showed its AW16/17 collection, titled IMAGO, at the Australian Embassy in Paris, with works from the famous modernist architect Harry Seidler as the backdrop.
The label’s latest offering explores the metamorphosis in the life of an insect, with the concept of oppositions influencing the designs in the combination of sportswear finishes and luxury tailoring. The collection, featuring Woolmark-certified pieces, maintains the brand’s signature masculine/feminine aesthetic and utilises playful fabric innovations, developed in partnership with The Woolmark Company.
“Merino wool is an amazing fibre to work with. It allows for creative diversity, as the possibilities are endless,” explains co-founder Mario-Luca Carlucci. “This season, we created a graphic 3D knitted jacquard, which was a first for us. Opposed to using the knit in expected ways, we further explored our laminating method which we created for the International Woolmark Prize, and pushed the boundaries even further, resulting in heavy textural and graphic overcoats.”
Fabric innovation and development is something which has always been at the heart of STRATEAS CARLUCCI designs, which saw them take out both the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize menswear and womenswear Australia regional finals. See the collection in full in the gallery below.