A KALTBLUT exclusive. Photography by Gonzalo Valenzuela. Models are Laura Devito, Jade Reboredo, Lochi Goncebat, Elias Jardin, Paula Balbo, Diego Knecht Llanes, Ramiro Nuñez, Melanie De Filippo at Vultur Management. Make-up by Laura Panighetti. Hair by Sebastian Cabo. Styling by Kaarle Escalera Lepistö. Fashion Brands used are Carla Andrea, and Krisis.
CARLA ANDREA is an art project born out of fashion design and studies in the sustainable textile finish. These are particularly important on the grounds that no sustainable activity is possible without contributing our know-how or integrating the processes in the textile value chain. For this reason, each job is undertaken with an ethical and environmentally responsible outlook, revaluing craftsmanship techniques in opposition to the normativity of the fashion industry.
Environmental concerns influence side-taking: handcrafted textile treatments, textile waste reuse, and noble raw material recycling struggle to avoid polluting natural resources. The collections deal with self-referential themes, which can in turn speak of collective imagery and national identity. Working with noble fibers from different fabrics also permits displaying the project’s main textile differential feature: dyeing with natural self-made pigments. By valuing slow, seasonless production times each garment gains its uniqueness. Sizeless sewing patterns with clean lines afford a diversity of designs in which simple, functional cutting and tailoring seek body harmony and create comfortable genderless clothes.
Kaarle Escalera Lepistö is a native of Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Born to a Bolivian father and a mother raised in a Finnish colony in the Argentinian Littoral, she grew up and shared most of her school days between the provinces of Tierra del Fuego and of Misiones. In 2011 she moved to La Plata to study at the School of Fine Arts. The knowledge and expertise gained at University combined with a legacy of seamstresses in her family were the triggers to give material shape to her ideas. This has helped her strengthen her views to become a fashion and textile designer and eventually create CARLA ANDREA, her sustainable designer brand.