We had the opportunity to visit the first iteration of Subsequi, the sustainable spin-off of Void Showroom, during Paris Fashion Week. While there were only 3 brands in the showroom, all were impressive. One of the new labels to us was emerging Italian label Agata Della Torre. Giuseppina Di Paola is the designer behind the brand, having started the label after receiving a masters degree in Political Science on fashion as a cultural process then going on to study fashion at the European Institute of Design.
As is usually the case, the monochrome colour palette caught our attention at first. We had the chance to be walked through the entire collection and it just kept getting more impressive. A signature of the Agata Della Torre design concept is the marriage of art and architecture, embodying the strength of architecture into conceptual fashion. One of the pieces that best embodies this concept is the white silk double layer top with the knitted "structure" visible between the layers.
The textiles used were all luxury Italian fabrics, like beautiful cashmere and silk. The amount of time put into this collection is nothing short of impressive. Much of the knitting was done by hand, the larger knits were done using arms as knitting needles. The shredded look on the knitwear, the intentionally placed holes, all of the minor details, all done by hand. We even love the technique where adhesive was used to bond wool onto the silk then rubbed off leaving a sort of flocking behind, again, all by hand.
Agata Della Torre is one label proving that ethical practices and the use of sustainable fabrics is the way forward for the fashion industry, where fashion meets art meets complete wearability.