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Strateas.Carlucci Q and A


4 June 2015
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WE CAUGHT UP WITH METEORIC DESIGN DUO STRATEAS.CARLUCCI IN ADVANCE OF THEIR PARIS FASHION WEEK DEBUT TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT AUSTRALIAN STYLE, ADVICE FROM ROLAND MOURET AND THEIR INFLUENCES.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN DESIGNING FOR WOMEN VS DESIGNING FOR MEN?

WE DESIGN THE COLLECTIONS AS ONE – THEY ALWAYS BEGIN WITH THE SAME GROUNDING AND CONCEPT. ONCE THE CONCEPT IS REFINED, WE THEN BEGIN EXPERIMENTING WITH FABRICATIONS, SILHOUETTES AND OTHER IDEAS TO HELP US DEPICT OUR STORY. A STRONG PART OF THE BRAND'S DNA IS THIS IDEA OF MASCULINE / FEMININE DUALITY, SO THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S COLLECTIONS WORK HARMONIOUSLY AND SHARE DETAILS, SHAPES AND FABRICATIONS.


HOW DO YOU THINK GROWING UP IN AUSTRALIA HAS INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU DESIGN?

AUSTRALIA TO US IS MANY THINGS, BUT ONE THING THAT HAS BEEN PROMINENT FOR US GROWING UP IN MELBOURNE, HAS BEEN THIS NOTION OF MULTICULTURALISM. WE LOVE THE FACT EVERYONE HAS A UNIQUE STORY TO TELL AND THAT PEOPLE HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ADDING TO THE DYNAMICS OF THE CITY. AUSTRALIA IS MUCH ABOUT AS EMBRACING THESE CULTURES, AS IT IS ABOUT CREATING THIS INTERESTING PASTICHE OF IT’S OWN WHICH HAS BECOME UNIQUELY AUSTRALIAN OVER TIME. WE IMPLEMENT AS MUCH OF THIS ENERGY AND MASHED-UP WAY OF LIFE INTO OUR OWN WORK, WHERE WE DRAW ON THE CITIES MOOD AND ATTITUDE, WHICH NATURALLY FINDS ITS WAY INTO OUR COLLECTIONS.


WHAT DO YOU FIND UNIQUE ABOUT THE WAY AUSTRALIAN WOMAN APPROACH FASHION?

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, THAT AUSTRALIANS IN GENERAL HAVE AN AMAZING LAID-BACK ATTITUDE, WHICH REFLECTS IN OUR OVERALL APPROACH TO FASHION. WHAT’S INTERESTING NOW, IS THAT THE AUSTRALIAN WOMAN HAS FAST BECOME A GLOBAL WOMAN, TRAVELING THE WORLD AND EXPERIENCING CITIES LIKE NEW YORK AND PARIS. WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SOMETHING EFFORTLESSLY COOL ABOUT AUSTRALIAN WOMEN, THE WAY THEY CAN MIX AND MATCH LABELS, AND ALSO MIX AND MATCH STYLES TO CREATE SOMETHING NEW AND INTERESTING.

IN A WOOLMARK FIRST, YOU WERE SELECTED BY A STAR STUDDED PANEL AS THE JOINT MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WINNER FOR 2014/2015 WHAT DID ROLAND MOURET HAVE TO SAY ABOUT YOUR COLLECTIONS?

IT WAS A PRETTY BIG SHOCK WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE, AND WE WERE A LITTLE SPEECHLESS. ROLAND MOURET WAS VERY TOUGH IN THE JUDGING ROOM – HE IS A STICKLER FOR DETAIL AND WAS CONTINUALLY PUSHING TO TRY AND FIND THE CRACKS. HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH OUR CONSTRUCTION, TAILORING AND FABRICATION, AND MADE COMMENTS THAT HE DIDN’T EXPECT TO SEE THIS LEVEL OF REFINEMENT THIS EARLY ON IN OUR JOURNEY. SINCE THAT DAY, ROLAND HAS BECOME A MENTOR TO US, WE CONTINUE TO STAY IN CONTACT VIA EMAIL AND EVEN VISIT HIM WHILST WE ARE IN PARIS. HE HAS HAD MANY EXPERIENCES AND IS A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STYLISTIC INFLUENCE?

AN UNDERLYING CONSTANT THEME IN OUR WORK IS THIS IDEA OF OPPOSITIONS COLLIDING AND CREATING SOMETHING NEW. THIS SAME RULE CAN ALSO BE SAID ABOUT OUR STYLISTIC INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATION. WE LOVE THE MINIMALIST ART MOVEMENT FROM FASHION, TO ART AND ARCHITECTURE; HOWEVER WE ALSO LOVE THE CHAOS AND ABSTRACTIONISM FROM MOVEMENTS SUCH AS CUBISM TO NEO-EXPRESSIONISM. WE ALSO DRAW INSPIRATION FROM PARTICULAR SUB-CULTURES FROM OVER TIME TO THE NOW, FROM HIGH FASHION, LUXURY AND CLASSIC, MIXED WITH STREET WEAR, HIP-HOP, PUNK AND SO ON. THE BEAUTY OF FASHION IS THAT INFLUENCES CAN COME FROM EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE; IT’S HOW YOU BRING THEM TOGETHER WHICH CAN MAKE IT REALLY SPECIAL.

 

STRATEAS.CARLUCCI'S PARIS FASHION WEEK DEBUT WILL TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 24.