Krizia Robustella SS18
Barcelona Fashion Week
At Barcelona 080 fashion week, Barcelona based designer Krizia Robustella launched her SS18 sports deluxe collection titled “The Jungle Brothers” that takes inspiration from the “sapeurs of the Congo,” or for a more simplistic way to phrase it, “the elegance of the Congo.” This style can regard anything from flashy suits and contrasting handkerchiefs, nice cigars, fedora style hats, and sometimes even cumber-buns and bowties. Robustella is already known for her clashing and vibrant color scheme (along with her outrageous desire to make mesh socially acceptable in high fashion), so “sapers of the Congo” is actually the perfect subculture collaboration and a perfect outlet for her patterns to be expressed in raw form.
July 5, 2017
Labels: On track, May I introduce, Fashion Weeks
Aside from her “sapeurs of the Congo” inspired suits and fedoras, Robustella’s sticks with a traditionally African theme throughout the “The Jungle Brother's" collection and incorporates coogi printed t-shirts and Moroccan vibed patterns on button downs, silk slip dresses, and one piece swimsuits- all patterns illustrated by Barcelona based artist Fatima Moreno or Fatimorri. Robestella has also teamed up with Reebok, Andy Wolf Eyewear, and Secretos de Alcoba who manufactured the accessories of the collection. Although Robustella aims for "sports deluxe," her designs look like something to be worn on vacation to a tropical location.Her ideal consumer should be a spontaneous tourist who has visited a beach town, but has decided to stay much longer than he intended, using one outfit for every occasion.
For those of you who are unaware, Krizia Robustella has actually been around for about a decade now and is not that new of a brand. It’s only been within the past few years where her brand has gained widespread recognition around different sectors of the fashion industry because of her additional use of accessories. Robustells tells Vendome Magazine in a brief interview, “It began running in the Ego of Cibeles in Madrid in 2007 creating “image” collections (non-commercial), they were shocking and different in the catwalk, and after 3 seasons and thanks to Bressol project, the brand began to consolidate and to create collections for sale. It began running at Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week and in 2009 opened its shop in the center of Barcelona. Everything was fast, fun, without thinking (laughs)
My favorite pieces of her collection would have to be the jewel-cut neckline, satin sundress and the fanny packs! I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a fanny pack look so stylish, especially with a gold chain and clasp that replaces the traditional black strap that I’m sure many people get bored with. Both the printed pants and collared shirts, aside from each other, can definitely be paired with a solid color and become a great all-around outfit, same goes for the patterned blazers and dress pants.
I do absolutely love Robustella’s collaboration with Andy Wolf eyewear, especially because the more exotic shapes of the frames go really well with the exotic patterns in Robustella’s collection. I’m sure Andy Wolf eyewear would nicely compliment Robustella’s past collections as well. All in all, I think Krizia Robestella has accomplished everything she wanted for this collection: a fun and vibrant, yet comfortable streetwear collection.