PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
Spring 2021 Ready to Wear
Pictures by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini
A GARDEN FOR THE SOUL
Philosophy Paints Us A Pretty Picture For Spring
Lorenzo Serafini spent quarantine with his family in the seaside town of Riccione, Italy, filling his languid days with painting, gardening, and home-cooked meals. The pause in life clearly influenced his Spring 2021 collection for Philosophy, which was heavily inspired by the brushstrokes of Monet and the wonders of the great outdoors. He debuted his latest collection with a live runway, and a distantly seated audience, in the garden of La Vigna di Leonardo, a small vineyard within the city of Milan that was gifted to Leonardo da Vinci by the Duke Ludovico Sforza, who commissioned the artist to paint the “Last Supper”.
The stage was set as Rachel Marx opened the show by strolling down the grassy runway in khaki Bermuda shorts covered in multi-colored paint brushstrokes that extended onto knee-high Wellington gardening boots, which appeared throughout the collection. Her top was crisp white with puffed sleeves and a wide lace-trimmed collar, over which sat a striped vest. Dresses in various stages of undone followed, with straps effortlessly dangling off one shoulder, layered atop unbuttoned shirts, and white tank tops. Serafini’s signature lace-up corsets and bustiers loosely cinched the waists around dresses and tops, adding a touch of Victorian glamour to the otherwise casual garden party. Floral prints and stripes intermingled with the brushstroke patterned pieces, but the standout was the use of red and green gingham, a tricky fabric which, under the wrong direction, could have taken the collection from European vineyard to backyard barbecue in a heartbeat. Serafini masterfully worked the checkered fabric into layered dresses and darling separates. Josefine Lynderup wore a red gingham minidress with a bouncing skirt and rolled up sleeves, capped by a black vest and Wellies, channeling Kate Moss at Glastonbury; while Mathilde Henning appeared in green checks layered over an undone white button-up shirt and a tank top, looking like a fashionable milkmaid. There was even gingham for the evening as Kerolyn Soares walked in a short dress adorned with floor-grazing black tulle.
Spending some time outside has done wonders for the soul of Philosophy and Serafini, who broke away from some oft used references this season to produce a collection that felt very much in the moment. Even as the world beings to return to a hectic pace there is still a need for unhurried clothing, pieces that remind us that it is ok to stare out of the window for a little bit longer, or stroll through a garden for a few moments of peace, or dwell on a painting that stuns you with its beauty. These are the moments Serafini sought to evoke with this collection, and will hopefully carry through into the future of Philosophy.
Written by Elizabeth Kramsky