Thursday 17th March

| BY Natalie Dembinska

Calvin Klein Collection: The Picture Board

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There’s something comforting about a picture board spied backstage at a show. It’s a sort of insight into the thought process behind the final result, the road from a to b. A kind of cut and paste in paper form of Being John Malkovich, because as enticing as finding a doorway into Italo Zucchelli’s head sounds, it will never happen. So a picture board is the next best thing. Yes, you can always refer to the press notes, which will tell you, for example, that for SS16, Zucchelli looked to Ed Ruscha’s palm-tree prints, which he translated into a motif on rounded, sporty T-shirts in bonded fabric. But as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And a collection of pictures practically equals a dissertation. One glance at the picture board, and you get a sense of California. An all-American wholesomeness with a slightly darker undertone. The Californian sky translated into bright blue denim, made brighter by white cotton; the faded sunsets making an appearance in a blurry, spray-painted rainbow; an undertone of shadow interpreted as Blade Runner nylon sportswear in dark navy that takes on a slight sheen when caught in the catwalk lights, bringing to mind the glimmer of cold chrome being hit by the sun. But why bother to say all that with words when you can use a picture instead?

Taken from Issue 43 of 10 Men, The Dark Lands, on newsstands now… 

Photograph by Jason Lloyd-Evans