Launched in 2016, Magliano has fast established itself as a house that expresses emotive, experimental qualities in updated menswear classics. Tailoring is surgically precise, with an emphasis on bold lines and silhouettes. Magliano’s latest develops these tropes in a collection inspired by the universe of writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli, whose stories on love and loss resonated with 1980s Italian youth.
The colour palette pulses with passion, boasting hues of blush and hot pink, sunset orange and blood red. Silhouettes are bold and exaggerated, with signature stripes and geometric shapes adorning the collection. Fabrics range from fluid silks to tough leathers and sturdy denims. The collection is full of contrasts: feminine and masculine, matte and shine, raw and polished. It is a nuanced exploration of the tensions and complexities in the world of Tondelli, and the multi-faceted human experience.
Collaborating with artist Klaus Jurgen Schmidt, Magliano works the poetry of Louis-Philippe Scoufaras into pieces in the collection. The words intersect and overlap in a collage of language – a nod to Xerox culture and archival methods. They are ‘imagined snapshots of possibility’ and spectres of a collective memory. Magliano merges the worlds of literary fiction with that of the personal experience to create a range that is heartfelt and tinged with nostalgia. Yet it is a collection underpinned by modernity, always advancing forwards in progress and design.
photography DONALD GJOKA
words MORNA FRASER
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