Luisa Via Roma and Philosophy Collaborate on an Upcycling Project for a Sophomore

by | Jun 27, 2023 | MATERIALS, SUSTAINABILITY | 0 comments

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For his second upcycled capsule collection for the Aeffe-owned company, “Philosophy Re-styled by Lorenzo Serafini 002,” Lorenzo Serafini is betting on denim.

The initiative, which was started last year, attempts to breathe new life into previous seasons’ materials and concepts. Serafini reworked pieces that were originally part of Philosophy’s Resort 2022 collection into an eight-item series that is only available in a limited quantity.

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“Rethinking certain denim items was enjoyable because I love denim. Finding deadstock materials and accessories in our company’s archives to enhance the clothing was thrilling and difficult at the same time, according to Serafini, who took over the brand’s creative leadership in 2014.

a look from the capsule collection “Philosophy Re-styled by Lorenzo Serafini 002”. LORENZO SERAFINI’S PHILOSOPHY, WITH PERMISSION

“I love wearing denim. Anyone who knows me is aware of my passion for collecting vintage denim and the fact that I never go without a denim item in an outfit. Furthermore, this is a category that fits our brand perfectly, I think because we were able to identify some very distinct stylistic codes,” the designer continued, adding that he “played with embellishments that underline the glamorous and feminine vein that has always defined Philosophy” for this capsule collection.

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These include rosettes and little flowers adorning the buckles of high-waisted shorts and a denim jumpsuit, as well as rhinestones that are used to reinterpret the PLS logo on the back pockets of miniskirts and matching bralettes. A waterfall of thermo-adhesive sequins gives a pair of baggy denim trousers its elegant appearance, making them stand out from the crowd. Each item bears a unique label with the phrase “Customized by Lorenzo” sewn on it, continuing with the first upcycled collection.

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a look from the capsule collection “Philosophy Re-styled by Lorenzo Serafini 002”. LORENZO SERAFINI’S PHILOSOPHY, WITH PERMISSION

Philosophy collaborated with LuisaViaRoma on the distribution front for the sophomore collection, and the shop will start carrying some of the designs exclusively on Wednesday.

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“LuisaViaRoma has long been one of our business partners. We believed it was the right interlocutor to discuss this project with because they have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to sustainability themes — the launch of the LVRSustainable section [on their website] was truly groundbreaking — said Serafini, who added that the retailer “immediately proved to be very receptive and appreciated the type of customization we proposed.”

Additionally, a few pieces from the capsule collection will be available on the website and at the Rome Shop of Philosophy. The denim jumpsuit will cost 580 euros, while the shorts will cost between 370 and 370 euros.

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a look from the capsule collection “Philosophy Re-styled by Lorenzo Serafini 002”. LORENZO SERAFINI’S PHILOSOPHY, WITH PERMISSION

According to reports, the fashion label debuted its first recycled collection during the Cannes Film Festival the previous year. This line, which included nine styles created from ready-to-wear items from previous seasons, had a more dressy vibe and was aimed at cocktail and eveningwear. Examples of these styles include a white suit with sparkling ribbons, a sequined dress with scalloped hems, and a mini dress with a matching cape.

This isn’t the first capsule collection Philosophy has introduced this year, but it is the one for 2023. The brand collaborated with Sebago to create a line of shoes that reimagined the famous shoemaker’s traditional penny loafers with neon-colored stitching and the PLS emblem etched on the heel.

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a look from the capsule collection “Philosophy Re-styled by Lorenzo Serafini 002”. LORENZO SERAFINI’S PHILOSOPHY, WITH PERMISSION

Philosophy, which was founded in 1984, is included in Aeffe’s portfolio along with the Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, and Pollini labels. During Milan Fashion Week in February 2015, Serafini unveiled his design for the brand.

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