Introducing FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016 Talent Award winner Alessandro Trincone

The 9th edition of the FASHIONCLASH Festival starts tomorrow in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It is our pleasure to introduce you to The FASHIONCLASH Festival 2016 Talent Award winner Alessandro Trincone – a very talented emerging Italian designer who graduated from the University of Rome La Sapienza and showed a stunning ‘Gender Free’ collection. Photographer Oliver Rau captured Raphael Mars signed to Elite Models NL for us. Styled by Oliver Rauh and Noemie Schwaller. Using the winning collection: Annodami. Hair and make up by Mac Cosmetics & Kevin Murphy Netherlands.

Graduate on December 2012 in Rome, Italy, at the “Universita’ La Sapienza di Roma” in Science of Fashion and costume. On June 2015 in Florence, Italy, at “POLIMODA International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing” in Fashion Design. On February 2016 in Osaka, Japan. Scholarship at “Osaka Bunka Fashion College” Design.

“Annodami” talks about my own experience with oppression and self fulfillment. Being raised in a socially rough environment, it has always been a challenging issue to express myself; I have gradually understood the importance of loving yourself as it is the only real protection from “evilness”. I believe we are only able to stand against fear with a crystal clear reflection of our inner selves .

The visual translation of this idea are mainly connected to Japan and its iconography, such as the Ban Gasa, sushi and the Japanese flag. Through the study of the Kosode trousers and traditional kimonos I built a bridge between my Napolitan sartorial heritage and the Nippon culture, a culture clash expressed through overly draped garments, very tight waists, knots and bows. The emphasis on the waist expresses my idea of protection, redefining tightness as a synonym of strength.
The androgynous identity of my inspirational garments reinforces my belief of no-gender boundaries between men and women. The feminine side of every male is explicitly shown through the whole col- lection, hoping to introduce a new meaning of masculinity, far from the traditional imagery society has car- ried through time.

all fashion by Alessandro Trincone

photo. Oliver Rauh

styling: Noemie Schwaller & Oliver Rauh

grooming/hair: Mac Cosmetics & Kevin Murphy Netherlands

model Raphael Mars / Elite Models NL

Retouch: Elektronische Schönheit