The past twelve months have held one thrill after another for STRATEAS CARLUCCI's designers. From their double regional win for women’s and menswear in the International Woolmark Prize to GQ Fashion Designer of the Year, a Prix De Marie Claire award and a Cate Blanchett cover (featuring their Merino wool Polar Robe coat), the accolades have been rolling in. So the distinction of being invited by the prestigious Fédération Français de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode to show during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, although game-changing, was not wholly unexpected.
In the company of Valentino, Haider Ackermann and Raf Simons on opening day of the schedule, Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci showcased both men’s and womenswear to a packed audience gathered in Paris’ 17th arrondissement. Staying true to their strong urban signature but lightening up somewhat for spring/summer, the collection entitled Myopia employed masterful tailoring and luxurious fabrics including crushed silk and lightweight wool.
“It was truly an honour showing on the official Paris Fashion Week schedule - it has been such a whirlwind and an amazing experience,” said Carlucci after the show. “We were very fortunate to have an amazing team working alongside us, who made our debut show an enjoyable experience.” In the hands of Australian stylist Caterina Scardino, boxy utilitarian shapes and textured layers took on a modern androgyny, a trend rife on the runways right now.
With the days following the show “jam packed with showroom appointments with buyers and press,” the two-year old brand is undoubtedly set for another big year ahead. And aligning themselves with like-minded Paris-based labels while staying true to their unique aesthetic might just be the way forward.