Luigi Borbone is a young Roman Couturier who, for the first time, has been invited to show at AltaRoma AltaModa. For his 2012 Spring/Summer Collection, Luigi Borbone was inspired by the isolated, glacial landscapes depicted in the works of the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum.
“A distant land, not only geographically, Scandinavia is a place of striking contradictions and stark contrasts which” - affirms Luigi Borbone - "dominated by the breathtaking beauty of nature’s savagery and mercilessness, becomes the key element in every intellectual adventure of Scandinavian artists in representing the mystery that is life".
Luigi Borbone has created a monochrome collection. Shades of dazzling white - bright, pearly and iridescent - accentuate the expression of the spirits and themes of the Nordic lands; lands imbued with the anxieties typical of those restless starry souls, ever thirsty for sun, full of death and yet, at the same time, so attached to life.
Research into materials is the key to this collection: the designer, Luigi Borbone, marrying the ethos of vegan culture, has produced a collection using eco-friendly fabrics and materials which fully respect nature and animals.
The precious fabrics of high fashion are given a new slant with the experimental technology of the latest generation. Latex treated with Swarovski crystals made, to the specifications of Luigi Borbone, by the master craftsmen of Transfermania International in Rome, lab-produced Mikado silk fixed with Swarovski crystal powder, embossed linen, organza in linen and silk and duchess satin silk dipped in special gold-dust flecked resin to make it waterproof.
The creations of Luigi Borbone place emphasis on the theme of "disquieting and inversion”. For the day Tuxedos, stiff shirts, voluminous high-waisted trousers and dresses which play on three dimensionality, whilst evening wear sees dynamic abstract forms.
The accessories designed by Luigi Borbone, made from recycled plastic and enhanced with Swarovski crystals, are all unique pieces made exclusively by hand by the artists Alecci and Di Paola.
For the collection’s shoes, Luigi Borbone sought the collaboration of the Milanese designer Riccardo Rizieri who bases his creative project on unique values such as "hand made", excellent craftsmanship and respect for "green" ethics.