Interview with COTE – SS 2013 (Italian label du jour)

Co | Te SS 2013

Co | Te SS 2013

With an allegiance to Italian women and an affinity for Japanese cartoons, designers Tomaso Anfossi and Francesco Ferrari delivered a solid S/S13 collection this past Fall and further established their label, CO|TE, as one of Italy’s top tier newcomers in the material world.

The talents are fresh out of Italy’s high ranking fashion school, The Institute of Marangoni, and quick to evolve their label under the conceptual guise of  CO|TE – an Italian term meaning “shelter and protection” – which aims to capture and breathe the essence of the “Made In Italy” mark. I caught up with the designers to get in on how they are reacting to the the CO|TE craze and to learn more about how their creativity and work come together.
—————– Interview with Tomaso Anfossi + Francesco Ferrari – Jan 2013 ———-
AG: The Co|Te SS 2013 collection has been a conversation piece for many – recognized for its originality – and flaunted among stylish crowds. What do you think has particularly raised the buzz with this collection and your label this past season? 
Co|Te SS 2013

Co|Te SS 2013

COTE: Our S/S 13 collection was developed from the idea of “Robot Prints” from which we created the color palette for our entire collection. It’s a print that refers to the playfulness of children and also from the material of Shangay. We focused a lot of our attention on the materials for this collection, as we do with most of our work, which we aimed to capture a mix between “strong woman” while delivering the essence of the female body.

(Italiano) Abbiamo creato la collezione partendo dalla “Robot Print” dalla quale abbiamo creato la tavolozza colori di tutta la collezione. E’ una stampa che rimanda al mondo ludico dell’ infanzia come del resto anche la stampa Shangay. Molta attenzione è stata data, come sempre del resto, ai materiali della collezione che mixati ne llook creano un’ immagine molto forte ma comunque portabile e donante al corpo della donna.

AG: As a creative team, what do you feel were some bigger risks in pursuing this collection? Were there doubts along the way, anticipation?
COTE: Every collection is full of challenges and doubts because the creative process is long and difficult but it’s all of this which is the beauty of our work.
(Italiano) Ogni collezione è piene di sfide e di dubbi perché il processo creativo è lungo e difficoltoso ma è questo il bello del nostro lavoro.
AG: Co|Te emphasizes two strong Italian elements in the brand message: Made in Italy + Women. Where do you believe Made In Italy is headed, and how has the mark changed in recent years? How do you as Italian designers hope to retain the value and entity behind the Made in Italy identity?
Co | Te SS 2013

Co | Te SS 2013

COTE: “Made in Italy” is the foundation of our creativity. It’s important that the younger generation grow and support the brand of “Made In Italy” (that is surely a competitive advantage in our project) and the security of this mark relies on us. It is our project and responsibility. Made in Italy can differentiate a product even during this period of global crisis when someone looks for quality and not just frivolousness.

(Italiano) Il Made in Italy è alla base della nostra creatività. E’ importante che i giovani brand credano e supportino il Made in Italy che è sicuramente un valore aggiunto al nostro progetto. Il Made in Italy può differenziare un capo in questo periodi di crisi globale in cui si ricerca la qualità di un capo e non solo l’immagine fine a se stessa.
 
AG: Italian women have always held a distinct and powerful role throughout society. Historically iconic for fashion. Stubborn perhaps and alluring. As the designers inspired by Italian women, do you feel the idea today of Italian women and style has transformed over the years, and have been called to explore a more modern symbol of the woman with your designs?
Co| Te SS 2013

Co| Te SS 2013

COTE: Italian women have a growing impact on society and its entirety, and this is positive. When we design for women, we are not thinking of a particular icon, rather a cosmopolitan woman that travels fearlessly, ready to dare and play with her fashion.

(Italiano) La donna Italiana ha sempre più preso coscienza del suo ruolo all’ interno della società e questo è un fatto molto positivo.Noi quando disegnamo non pensiamo mai a un’ icona in particolare ma ad una donna cosmopolita che viaggi sicura di se che non ha paura di osare e giocare con la moda.
AG: There is a prominent suggestion of futurism in the S/S13 collection including the accessories. The palette, textures and shapes provide a very distinct aesthetic. What are some of your core influences in developing the S/S13 collection?
COTE: Surely those 80s TV series Daitan and Voltron influenced the collection quite a lot. We started from those images to create a more futuristic and established image that could fit the woman’s body. The textiles we use in our collections influence the volumes that we later choose to be the main image of the collection. A textile is the soul of the dress.
“A textile is the soul of the dress.”
(Italiano) Sicuramentele serie TV anni 80 da Daitarn a Voltron hanno influenzato tutta la collezione. Siamo aprtiti da quelle immagini per creare un’altra immagine più futurista e decisa che potesse adattarsi al corpo femminile. I tessuti utilizzati per le nostre collezioni influenzano molto i volumi che poi andiamo a scegliere per caratterizzare l’ immagine della collezione. Un tessuto è l’anima di un abito!
Preview the collection below –
View Full Collection at http://www.co-te.com
Original interview for Catwalk Yourself
Co|Te SS 2013; ROBOT BEACHWEAR; MINI SNAP BELT

Co|Te SS 2013; ROBOT BEACHWEAR; MINI SNAP BELT

Co | Te SS 2013; MINIMAL BOMBER; WAVE SHIRT; BASE SKIRT;  DAITARN BELT

Co | Te SS 2013; MINIMAL BOMBER; WAVE SHIRT; BASE SKIRT; DAITARN BELT

Co | Te SS 2013; ROBOT DRESS; ASTRO BELT

Co | Te SS 2013; ROBOT DRESS; ASTRO BELT

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