'Fix the Future' is the claim under which Lineapelle has collected its creative and stylistic suggestions for summer 2022, an invitation to put our future in order as much as possible. As Antonella Bertagnin, coordinator of the Lineapelle Fashion Committee explains, it is a matter of being aware that we are facing a new scenario in which two perspectives intertwine, whose “symbiosis is becoming the inspiration for a different tomorrow.” In this context “green identifies an eco-friendly, circular society based on sharing. But it is also the signal of an epoch-making change looking to sustainability,” continues Bertagnin. “Green becomes synonymous with openness and attention to the other, where the other is not only the human being, but also his participation in inhabiting the planet.” Then there is blue, or in other words, “innovation, as blue is the colour of a mature society, of digital services and open source information. Blue is a phygital world where the digital environment is not only a way of communicating.” “The synthesis of these activities fosters a way of living together centred on the quality of relationships and of processes, instead of on consumption and on things. These are dimensions that co-exist, becoming one with the flavour of the future.
Lineapelle’s choice of green and blue as colour references for summer 2022 does not represent a real indication of product development, but carries with it a broader suggestion. In other words, “this choice – says Bertagnin – has been inspired by the book ‘The Green and the Blue: Naïve Ideas to Improve Politics” written by the philosopher Luciano Floridi. In the book, the two colours are “the cornerstones of change in the 21st century. They are meta-colours that become concepts, flashes of contemporary society to be inhabited physically and culturally. They represent a naïve idea, but in a positive sense. In fact, the word ‘naïve’ also carries with it the meaning of simple, free, native.” The symbiosis of these two new directions becomes the inspiration for a different tomorrow. A future to be cared for based on "the quality of relationships and processes, rather than consumption and things. These dimensions co-exist, intersect and become an essential tool for life.”
Step 1: Re-define the Basics
At the heart of it all is the naturalness of imperfect textures and extreme customisation, also thanks to soft and enveloping puffy effects. Soft materials that are pleasant to the touch, through macro and micro grains, creamy finishes for solid colours, graphic effects for prints. As for exotic leather, there is a noticeable presence of small grains, even buffed. The new minimalism is also expressed in crusty nappa leather, crushed, vegetable dyes. Lots of large accessories like zips, studs and chains, but in ultra-light materials.
Step 2: Re-Normal
Textiles and leather become smart working-proof. Puffy surfaces with 3D effects, with an abundance of couplings, micro-holes and punching. The materials are sensitive to the touch, with writing-effect suede, talc effects and sanded nubuck. Textiles feature linen, hemp and above all denim, mainly delavé but generally in all shades. There is no shortage of references to processes such as tie and dye, batik, clouding effect, sponging, ton-sur-ton, in an imaginative evolution of camouflage. The leather takes on a used effect and features buffing and removals.
Step 3: Re-think the Decor
A strong trend is metallic, with new iridescent and shimmering effects, as well as plotter laminations. The possibility of achieving unprecedented effects in a hot stamping process is where creativity, technique and innovation meet. The imperfection of the handmade is thus combined with industrial production in an euphoric union full of interesting ideas, both for leather and accessories. Cutting-edge technologies make it possible to create articles with character, always new and customised.
Step 4: Re-Write the Future
The digital/phygital world inspires fashion. Technology gives us new hybrid high-performance materials such as siliconized processing and PFC-free water-repellent membranes. Even accessories and small parts become perfect for the outdoors with the use of composite materials or mixes such as methacrylate mixed with metal. The new frontier of the science of materials enables biological products and materials to be obtained from very specific raw materials such as molecules, cells or extracellular matrices, and goes far beyond the materials we have always known, derived from animals or plants such as natural textile fibres, leather and hides, wood or paper.