The mountain is inspiration, strength and freedom. It is the place where the brand has been conceived and where DALPAOS’ creative headquarters is located: at the foot of the Dolomite chain. Omnipresent in different ways in previous collections such as in tangible or hidden technical materials, in plant prints that favor high altitudes, in the reinterpretation of typical local garments in a contemporary key as well as in many other details, the mountain has always been an integral part of DALPAOS DNA.
In CORDA collection the symbols that most characterize this environment are developed and processed in a new form.
In fact, the collection pays homage to the place of origin of the designer and the brand by focusing on the extreme sports that can be practiced in these areas, the colors of the sky and nature visible only at certain altitudes and the reinterpretation of the aesthetics that characterize these places
A first focus is on trekking and climbing. Aged denim and classic fabrics are rebuilt with detachable harnesses. Climbing ropes become coulisse for hoodies and trousers. Chalk bags are transformed into precious mini bags in upcycled suede. And climbing carabiners are used to join parts of a garment offering the possibility to reinvent the wearing.
Looking at the sky from these places, especially on clearer days, a variety of colored wings fly barely touching the mountains. Hang gliders and paragliders offer various creative ideas for the development of the collection. Soft cotton trousers feature quilted knee pads and belts created with safety hooks. Padded vests recall the jackets worn for paragliding flights. Coats with a classic and rigorous cut are combined with technical materials through half rings and carabiners inspired by the harnesses of hang gliders.
The same paragliders and hang gliders are revealed on upcycled and organic cottons through allover prints created with natural water colors but also with single prints on the back of technical jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts and trousers.
The classic Tartan and Check patterns, ribbed fabrics, virgin wools and knitwear are combined with recycled fibers such as polyester to create a balance between classic and modern, between tradition and future. Denim is selected for the development of trousers and jackets in shades of faded and aged fern green, in a brighter green with checked pied de poule designs but also in the classic blue revisited with itinerant details such as slings and climbing accessories.
Mushrooms create a fil rougue with the previous winter collection: redesigned by hand worn on transfer and silk-screen prints, embroidered, but also proposed as internal details to outerwear on patch pockets. The same are also revealed as mini and maxi 3D printed accessories, structured with recycled woods and hand-finished designed to be hung with special carabiners on classic cut jackets as well as on precious angora and wool coats.
The bias quilting, already present in previous collections, becomes a trademark of the brand. It is inspired by the oblique cut of the shaped heart that is DALPAOS logo, it is reflected in the interior of the jackets, in the vests, winter shorts in upcycled neoprene and in other garments of the collection.
DALPAOS focuses on an aware selection of materials and a sustainable development process. One of the iconic garments of this collection is undoubtedly the transparent bomber jacket developed with a recycled material designed to contain fine wool dyed in various contrasting colors, thus creating an exposed padding.
The garment is designed for a limited production with the possibility of choosing the colors of the wool thus obtaining a unique piece designed exclusively for the customer. CORDA FW 22-23 collection is presented with a digital fashion show in an outdoor setting between fragmented rock mountains and stone walls. The desire for excursion, discovery and nature leads the models to walk the catwalk among majestic landscapes that form the background to a collection inspired by extreme sports, by the mountains and by everything that it represents for the brand.
Technical wings/kites cover the face of some of the models, a reference to flying but also to the lake at the foot of the valley, an ideal place for kitesurf and windsuf enthusiasts thanks to its peculiar windiness. CORDA is a collection conceived to conceptually escape from the city while maintaining rigorous urban codes and clear streetwear references, thus imagining a new genre defined by the team “UrbanAlps”.
All images courtesy of Dalpaos
Credits Video / Photo: CREATIVE DIRECTION Nicola Dalpaos Alessandro Pol PHOTOGRAPHER Lorenzo Acqua STYLING Sara Paolucci PRODUCTION LightHouse Video Production TAILORING Francesca Longo MUA Martina Martinuzzo MODELS Ablaye Sow Lorenzo Musio Matteo Tagliabue ASSISTANTS Matteo Chi Massimiliano Dalpaos Valentina De Poi MUSIC Locdou Kryptic SHOES Brixia – Kayland LOCATIONS Cava Livenzetta – Italy