It’s always an exciting and refreshing moment when I happen upon new local talent, especially when said-talent is a fashion design instructor at Academy of Art University. Andrea Cammarosano, a San Francisco-based fashion designer, is the latest installment of “Menswear Monday.” The Italian-born designer’s Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection, “We Are Not Afraid of Ruins,” is a high aesthetic menswear collection that not only looks good, but feels good too.
The achromatic palette is accented with slivers of pastel pink. Boxy, oversized sweaters, hooded bombers, and trousers seamlessly contrast and balance straight-cut blazers, button ups, and shorts. Varying swatches of ambiguous prints—evocative of industrial surfaces such as granite, marble, and steel—patch the sleeves, pockets, and chest of her designs. Meticulous tailoring keeps the collection sleek and mature, while street wear motifs such as zippers and drawstrings provide modernity and edge. The atypical layering and dynamic proportions are reminiscent of the organic asymmetry of the art and architecture ruins in history. The designs, along with the collage-like images, were inspired by the cyclical progression of creation to destruction.
Cammarosano’s sharp vision and precise tailoring pushes him to the top of my designer watch list; not only does he possess the skill for design and aesthetic, but he also understands the sartorial nature and demands of men. The thematically inclined designer challenges the traditional silhouettes of menswear, but retains the imperative factors of functionality and practicality. Epitomizing both form and function, Cammarosano’s latest collection should indubitably be a hit with the boys.
What do you think? Would you wear Andrea Cammarosano’s designs?