Altaroma 2018 – Interview to Filippo Laterza
Filippo Laterza, a young Apulian talent (born in Gioia del Colle in the province of Bari) aged only 22, has chosen an exotic title for the collection that marks his debut in Altaroma, Opera Orientale. The one who paraded this morning at the Guido Reni District, opening the kermesse of fashion shows in the capital, scheduled between the former barracks and the Maxxi, is a style that wants to be a bridge between East and West, a journey between cultures and traditions , among different visions of art, a kaleidoscope of costumes and colors, where tradition of embroidery and artifice merge.
On the platform, long skirts of micro-flounces of gold tulle paired with kimono jackets embroidered with sequins that draw colorful masks of the Peking Opera Theater, the Liampu. The same designs enliven the silks of fringed-fringed tunics, the hoodies that look like feathered, and the wide-sleeved pantsuits. Cuts, volumes and forms of high fashion are contaminated by a recent trip to China. But also from the English castle of Cardiff and the Highgrove garden, whose flowers are deposited in the new fabrics that merge Prince of Wales and English old roses of a wonderful garden, in silks and brocades and especially in fil coupé with special armor that with cutting-out threading techniques can draw flowers and three-dimensional wreaths. Hand embroidery on precious French macramé, silk velor, precious douchies and drawings of Chinese opera have been realized by the company Seride in Italy. Jacquard, brocade in double-face lurex, fil-coupè and devorè fabrics designed by Filippo Laterza were made with the MaiDiLang group.