“You can be a gourmand like you can be an artist, or a poet” Guy de Maupassant
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Sacred and profane food, eschatological geometries, measurement, proportion, shape, content and colour. Fashion is nourishment, food. A delectable dish. Above all excellence. Like High Fashion. Guillermo Mariotto, creative director of Maison Gattinoni, has signed the collection for the forthcoming Spring/Summer season, drawing inspiration from universes of absolute perfection, that co-exist in our day-to-day lives. Elegance, allure… comestibles at Open Colonna, the kingdom of chef Antonello Colonna.
Select cuisine featured in Mariotto’s choice of fabrics, materials, embroidery, cuts, sartorial vertigo and exemplary, impeccable geometries, in a new line launched especially for this collection, le joli panier. The pre-revolutionary noblewomen at the court of Marie Antonietta of France, have long since been forgotten. Guillermo Mariotto swears that the joli panier is perfect for all women. It’s chic, low-key and not cumbersome. For thin, slim silhouettes, for those who wish to dare or for women who simply wish to hide/conceal. In this new collection, garments are fused and confused with food, becoming a delectable cult object.
Expo 2015, scheduled to be held in Milan, inspires and stimulates creativity. Thus, Gattinoni’s creations for the forthcoming Spring/Summer flaunt plats exquis. They mask continuous references to culinary art. “Fusion is fashion”, says Guillermo Mariotto. In food and in fashion. And while chef Antonello Colonna is set to welcome guests with his sophisticated specialities, the creations proposed by Guillermo Mariotto are no less appetizing. Amidst tables laden with new renaissance flavours, mannequins, representing delicious dishes, take centre stage .
Bread is used to make extra-large, wide-brimmed, ultra-hot headgear while freshly baked iced and crystallized biscuits and savoury snacks are embroidered on collars and cleavages. Dinner jackets are reminiscent of those worn by aristocrats and unimpeachable maitres (remember Downton Abbey?), while coated silk-screen printing Crochet hooks and filet working techniques conjure up the exquisite meals described in ‘The Leopard’, those works of art that are handed down from mother to daughter in Sicily. Conversely, full skirts bring to mind Japanese origami, the technique whereby table napkins are folded to open up like flowers.
A whole world is revived, even in the new colours featured in the collection. Menthol, currants, yellow olive oil, cinnamon featuring nuances of caramel, black licorice, strawberry pink and white glacé cream. And among the jewelry, particularly worthy of note are the creations that designer Gianni De Benedittis, of the future Remoto brand, has created especially for Maison Gattinoni’s Spring/Summer collection. Flowers and fruit, earrings and sets of kinetic sunflowers, bread bracelets set with precious stones and platinum collier-fourchette entertwined with strands of precious spaghetti.