Paula Cademartori Fall/Winter 2015-16
The designs of Paula Cademartori are no doubt striking – bright, colourful and unique, unlike anything of their kind. At the same time as possessing a real sense of energy and individuality though, it is supreme elegance that shines through. The eponymic luxury bag brand’s Fall/Winter 2015-16 Pre-Collection is no exception. A combination of both older lines and new ones, the range is bold and eye-catching yet classic in form.
The Wonder-Paula line for example, one of her newer ranges in the collection, is full of colour, cartoon effects and vivid graphics. At the same time, it remains true to Paula Cademartori’s knack for form, with satisfying proportions and clean lines. The new Radical line, which is particularly characterised by pure design, has also the most fabulous contrasting colours as its palette – burgundy and neon yellow, black and pale nude. The Les Minaudières range again treads this line between flare and elegance, featuring exotic leathers and plexiglass silhouettes with laminated effects, fluorescent touches, tech paints, suede, yet in an entirely timeless way – its precise lines and excellent craftsmanship ensuring a neat silhouette on any outfit. With the older lines, like Heritage, perhaps more ‘classic’ on the whole, there is also a sense of individuality. The soft calf, suede, super shiny leather and pony they’re made from creating a unique aesthetic while being understated and simple first and foremost.
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, satisfying our desires for something different as well as something that will last, the collection is highly functional and made very much with the wearer in mind. “When I design my bags and shoes,” says Cademartori, “I always think about women, and firstly how to make them feel beautiful wearing them.” And that means practicality and aesthetics. “As a former industrial design student, everything that you design needs to have a purpose,” she says, “It needs to be functional.” And they are, often with numerous compartments for every possible need.
To be heard (or seen) in the crowded world of fashion – as Paula Cademartori’s Fall/Winter 2015-16 Pre-Collection is – is an achievement in itself. But to know it’s also going to also stand the test of time is something even more admirable. With a commitment to quality materials and craftsmanship, dedication to, and knowledge of, all facets of design (Cademartori completed Industrial Design studies following a master degree in Fashion Accessories at Istituto Marangoni, as well as received a “Young Fashion Manager” certificate from the Bocconi University in Milan, and worked for Versace for a number of years), Paula Cademartori achieves this. Of course, what really makes her designs work is her own creativity and the confidence to run with it. This, in the end, is why these designs succeed: they have far less to do with trends and far more to do with the vision and passion of their designer.
Credits: Paula Cademartori