AGAIN AND FOREVER, titles Dima Leu AW21 Vol. 1 which will be presented at Milan Fashion Week official calendar. The Italian brand DIMA LEU, winner of Who’s on next? 2020 contest’s menswear category, will debute at Milan Fashion Week in digital format with his AW21 collection. “Taking part in Milan official calendar represents/is a really important turning point for me and for DIMA LEU. Since his inception, the brand has had great visibility abroad, so this is an opportunity for it to be recognized right where it begun. I am thrilled by the idea of showing my work in the fashion capital of the country where I grew up creatively.” Said Dima Leu, founder and creative director of the brand.
AW21 STRIIPES collection continues to fantasize with colourful compositions of velvet ribbons. The collection represents a study on linear elements that are declined in various designs and sizes through the applications of ribbons. These are juxtaposed, overlapped and combined in sequences of contrasting colours. The colour palette lights up with strong clashing colours such as fuchsia and black, emerald green and red, yellow and orange, combined with more neutral tones such as navy blue, mélange gray, anthracite gray and off white. To monochromatic fabrics are juxtaposed ribbons that follow one another tone-on-tone or in contrasting colours rainbows inspired by the designs of rugs and Moldovan folk customs. The silhouettes reconsider the Japanese oversized softness characteristic of DIMA LEU, introducing more fitted proportions that enhance the body shape. These are hoodies and trousers in along with short and long sleeve t-shirts and turtleneck sweatshirts. The garments are made of cotton sweat and cotton wool jerseys of various weights that replace the traditional use of the sweat. Black and white striped fabrics are cut in barrè and covered with colourful STRIIPES to create quirky long sleeve shirts and a selection of underwear. Shirt fabrics, double-face jersey and ribbons make-up colourful patchworks that allows the designer to re-purpose for the collection exclusively Made in Italy dead stock fabrics and leftover ribbons from previous collections. The lookbook was shot in Leu’s grandparents courtyard, place where he spent his adolescence with his friends. The designer seeks to combine two cycles of his life and discover a new beginning, forever.
All photos courtesy by Dima Liu