ARGENTINA - DESIGNER LI TORRES - PHOTOGRAPH LUCAS CASTRO PARDO
Land of Diversity, Time of Contrasts
'Land of Diversity, Time of Contrasts’ explores the work of 16 emerging designers through clothing, accessories and jewellery. Stylistic boundaries are broken down in the pursuit of an unexplored conceptual path. The innovative aesthetics of the designs spark a fluid dialogue with the surrounding environment and the curatorial project invites us to follow creative lines on the theme of re-interpreting materials – wool, camelidae fur, leather, metal and cotton – from which novel forms and unique textures emerge. Ancestral knowledge is fused with industrial techniques, while the rational and the emotional merge, producing design pieces which are highly-traceable and express an imperfect, simple beauty.
Curated by Germán Lang, Laureano Mon & Sebastián Rodriguez.
13-23 FEBRUARY, 10.00-18.00
180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA
Organised by: Embassy of Argentina, Argentine Cultural Industries Market (MICA) & Cultural Secretariat and Trends Observatory, National Ministry of Industry
Li Torres deconstructs and reshapes classic tailoring, fusing prêt-a-porter with sportswear.
Inspired by natural materials, Paula aims to highlight the natural shape of the human body with 3D volume.
Gonzalo is guided by his intuition. A blend of monochromatic and neutral tones forms his trademark style.
Quier designs functional, long-lasting and reversible clothing for women with a strong conscience and ethical values.
Designer biography Two women from different generations with one vision: taking traditional knitting techniques to unimaginable extremes.
Lucas Sanchez Calzado
Designer biography Lucas has two different lines of men shoes: a classic range and another with striking colours and quirky patterns.
Designer biography Lorena’s contemporary jewellery and handbags combine textiles and locally sourced materials from northern Argentina
Designer biography Mafe celebrates the work of shoemakers and the intimate relation between technique and locally sourced materials.
Designer biography Experimental shoe maker, Chicco Ruiz only creates one pair per size with original materials such as mondongo.
Designer biography Alejandra combines Chinchilla skin with other elements such as 18k gold or nickel metalwork in her top-range designs.
Designer biography Fantasy and authenticity are the words that best describe Mariana’s shoes. Shunning set trends, her shoes are for free spirits.
Capricious handbags with futuristic colours, put together in series by art curators. These unique creations are true works of art.