FRITZ LANG’S 1927 METROPOLIS IS REIMAGINED IN A COLLISION OF PAINTINGS AND STRUCTURES WHERE DISTINCTIVE WORLDS MERGE DARIA PETRILLI’S ART WITH DELPOZO’S FALL WINTER 2016 LINEUP. IN A MUTUAL ARRAY OF CURVES, DEPTH AND VIBRANCY, BOTH THE ARTWORK AND CLOTHING ALIGN WITH EVOCATIVE INFLUENCE.
Delpozo Creative Director, Josep Font, is a surrealist by nature. Intuition brought Daria Petrilli’s illustrated macabre dreamscapes in union with his Bauhaus and industrialist vision.
Visual depth is the first order that aligns Petrilli’s painted curves with Font’s textile cuts. A glance through Delpozo’s signature shapes resound in Petrilli’s fluent lines, an element that draws forth a clear cut synergy. A sci-fi narrative like Metropolis cannot be told without attention to three dimensions and Delpozo executes the detail with sculpted bustiers that interlace square and circular geometric shapes. Here Petrilli’s art sinks into a parallel devise; the artist layers landscapes within shapes to evoke a third dimension that mimics the brand’s sculptural depth.
One look at how the collection’s molded sleeves curve around the arm, one can almost see Petrilli’s images developing within them. Vibrancy is the next standout element of Petrilli’s work, which roots jolts of pink, violet and yellow throughout the collection down to the flat soled oxfords.
Petrilli and Font’s worlds interlace through unexpected volume, angles and colours to veer in an out of mischievous vibrancy. The collection execution rivets Petrilli’s brushstrokes to create a floating visual effect, which translates in layers of Delpozo tulle to float over the body.
The collection presents flowers and butterflies that wander up the models’ gloved arms, which bind both texture and brushstroke in detail. Loneliness weaves a theme throughout Petrilli’s work and Delpozo’s Spanish lineage links the house’s heritage with the artist’s visual references of long forgotten romanticism. The collection’s stark metallics, lurex and holographic mesh, meanwhile, catapults history forward with a sci-fi ideal of how a collection can be painted to reshape the now.