Andrea Pompilio presented his AW18/19 collection Supermarket a little differently this season. Heading away from the glitz and glamour of fashion week, the designer chose instead to create something that featured the strength of the clothing and the collection. No backdrop, no big show, just the power of the garments themselves.
After many years at fashion weeks — we’ve seen it all — so it’s nice to see a designer return to the importance of the clothing instead of the importance of the show.
Now for the clothes. Pompilio created a collection focused on some of his favorite travel pieces as well as some limited editions. The clothes were casual, with elements such as plaid, layers, stripes, and bold colors. We loved the way the designer combined modern and futuristic (an oversize bright blue shiny puffer coat) with more vintage items, like cowboy checks or a fitting 70s-themed floral shirt. Normally when designers delve into different styles like this, it doesn’t always fit, but this collection was cohesive as ever.
This season Pompilio worked to design his own sock line with Japanese-based designers, and we also noticed some very specific beanie hats. Long plaid overcoats and suits gave the looks that added bit of tailoring but also a fun vibe, and baggy jeans and trousers ensured that looks still met some streetwear criteria.
The only decoration in the warehouse where Pompilio showed his collection was a group of old television with a sign that said ‘Who the F*** is Andrea Pomplio,’ which is interesting, because we think everyone should know exactly who he is.
Words by Lori Zaino and photos from Andrea Pompilio.