FLORIAN HETZ AND BETSY PODLACH FOR MARNI – Men’s Spring/Summer 2019

A fruitful dialogue with the art world has always characterized Marni’s identity, which, through constant research into works by established and emerging artists, draws on their inspiration and imagination to complete its ready-to-wear and accessories collections.

The Spring/Summer 2018 menswear collection is a reflection on bodies, which are naturally imperfect, yet elegant and harmonious: soft sculptures that convey vulnerability with the same power with which a muscular body conveys physical strength. The body’s honest purity, which does not strive to pursue stereotyped perfection, is expressed through work by two artists, whose works come to life on garments borrowed from the imagination of the most varied sports.

German artist Florian Hetz gives a vision of bodies as custodians of memory, manifestos of deep intimacy. His photographs depict textural, carnal nudes in magnificent close-ups that emphasize their sculptural strength. Marni combines them in impossible collages on baseball jackets and t-shirts, pairing them in a mix of graphic elements and colour blocks.

American artist Betsy Podlach offers a different vision that reflects on the poetry of the nude and on the forms that it manages to assume by fusing with another body, exalting the differences in an almost abstract amalgam in which proximity and negative space convey emotional strength. Marni applies these romantic visions to wraparound garments made of soft towelling or unites them with Hetz’s visions in a surprisingly harmonious clash of narratives.

MILAN, ITALY – JUNE 16: A model, fashion detail, walks the runway at the Marni show during Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on June 16, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro D’aprano/Getty Images)

 

MILAN, ITALY – JUNE 16: A model, fashion detail, walks the runway at the Marni show during Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on June 16, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pietro D’aprano/Getty Images)