Spring is a time of rebirth; it’s an opportunity for growth as well as the chance to reinvent ourselves. Summer encourages this, begging us outside where nature serves as inspiration for literature, art, and fashion. Italian designer Andrea Lazzari embodies this concept of renewal in his SS15 menswear collection, Aquarium.
Lazzari begins with renewal as a literal influence. Ripples of water are recreated in the symmetrical patterning of a shirt, each drop slowly fading out to nothing. Lazzari then builds upon the symbolism of the sea; Aquarium signifies the human psyche, or a fishbowl housing life’s figurative ebbs and flows. The color palette mirrors the characteristics of marine life: indigo, ultramarine blue, and emerald green. Rather than having an entirely nautical focus, this collection is a dedication to spring and summer’s birth of new life, echoing seasonally hidden yet vivid tones. The collection is a restoration of the blues and greens masked by the darkness of winter.
Aquarium features the ultimate street wear piece: a structured black jacket with contrast pockets in print signature to the collection. This contrast in fabric and design illustrates Lazzari’s mixing of minimalism with graphic three-dimensional prints. See his head-to-toe ensembles and button-downs, peeking out from beneath several layers of solids.
This penchant for bold prints allows the pieces to speak for themselves. Each garment, featuring color blocking and daring print coordination, brings energy to the collection. There is enough cohesion in design to allow for additional styling by the wearer, bringing his own artistry into play.
The vibrancy of the collection’s hues is juxtaposed with thoughtful, crisp tailoring, giving Lazzari’s creations an understated allure. Thus, vibrant prints and exact tailoring create an easy transition from runway to street. This collection focuses on maintaining a balance between Lazzari’s artistic talent and the wearer’s freedom to style, promoting careful innovation that is revolutionary yet subtle. Thoughtful, layered looks that wearers can style independently results. The Lazzari man boasts an enviable confidence when he throws a paneled graphic tee over a collared shirt, and finishes off with a dark tone cropped pant.
A harmonious juxtaposition between color and print, silhouette and freedom to style, Andrea Lazzari uses Aquarium’s symbolic manifestation to his advantage. The result is a logical explanation of marine life, and how its components reflect the seasonal renewal in our lives.