By Lauren Fromin
Photo courtesy of Federico Cagnucci
FLY Fashion Loves You hosted its semesterly exhibition on Tuesday, November 25, one of the best to date. The evening, “titled Raw Couture - Transcending geometries for hypnotic constructions,” featured an aperitivo prepared by Apicius students and an exhibition of FLY’s newest emerging designer BATNA - with a fashion performance as its main event.
BATNA is a Turin-based collective of designers and artists that go beyond creating ready-to-wear and couture pieces by extending their abilities into the arena of performance art to accompany their garments. They mix gothic with futuristic and underground with tribal, seamlessly merging opposing aesthetics to create artistic constructions. At the Raw Couture event, BATNA’s ready-to-wear capsule collection, The New Middle Ages, was on display for guests to admire. This range features black and white designs recalling the obscurity of the middle ages by blending bold, solid shapes marking geometry as the new religion.
Guests were greeted with gourmet refreshments and made their way to the outdoor garden for the main event. The lights went off, the music volume went up, and the models descended down the staircase of FLY’s tailoring lab, making their way through outdoor garden that perfectly mimicked a runway the guests could be a part of. All the models were clothed in BATNAK, the latest collection from BATNA - a collaboration between the collective and Turin-based street artist AK. Each garment consisted of the gothic, modern, and the underground style BATNA is known for mixed with AK’s signature geometric shapes incorporated into the designs. Black, white, and red were the colors wrapped around the models and unique, triangular cardboard masks were strapped around their faces, signifying the metropolitan art found within Turin by AK. Overall the night was a success, drawing attention to a unique collection of designers, artists and their works and leaving guests entertained and wanting more.
Thanks to the planning and promotional efforts of the team of students who intern at FLY, including Meghan Sapienza, the communications intern who helped organize much of the event and promotions, and Fatima Yacoob, FLY’s business intern who helped with the logistics of the collection and retailing, the event will be one to remember. Make sure to check out the Fall 2014 Blending Magazine to see a photo essay on the garments seen at the event and currently on sale at FLY Fashion Loves You.