Simon Cracker Resort 2021 Collection: A search of real things, stories and experiences that keep my feet on the ground.
After spending a period of time in front of a screen to communicate, I want to rediscover the contact, the scent of a home, the warmth of people.
I love people and I feed on fragments of life that others share with me.
I brought my collection into their homes or, in some cases, I delivered the garments and waited for each of them to live it and interpret it their own way.
We’re used to being told how to wear our clothes, to follow fashion. And, without even knowing, we are part of a series.
We live in a time in which nothing’s actually fashionable. We are in the chaos of trends and in a whirlwind of different styles. But, in this confusion, being ourselves is the coolest thing.
That’s why I wanted to complete my collection with the people that would then wear it, giving them the freedom to interpret and combine the pieces in a setting that was comfortable for them.
To present his Fall Winter 2020/21 collection Simon Cracker chose a warm, cozy location: Ostello Bello. It’s a place where people of all kinds get together from all over the world. It’s the same concept that the designer expresses with his collections. This time more than ever, he surrounded himself with inspiring souls and built his family, free of any label.
On the catwalk we saw a congregation of witches, ready to fight discrimination of size, sexual orientation and gender. Witches, yes, but very different from those wearing black dresses in children’s books.
The inspirations were many: first of all, the witches that have made the history of cinema. Simon explains that, when he was in middle school, he felt excluded like Lidia from “Beetlejuice”, strange, in a world that only she could see. He loved to explore esoteric shops to buy incense, like in “The Craft” and he used to watch “Bell, Book and Candle”’s VHS (less dark and more naïf), until he ruined it.
All these film scraps gave life to the creatures that became the protagonists of this season. Braided wool, hazel tones and rubbery fabrics, striped knitwear like Tim Burton’s sand snakes, fluttering dresses, in contrast with work clothes, de-structured and one-size.
Everything that resembles a uniform, which usually defines a category, becomes a unique piece, something that does not go unnoticed: overalls, suits and then the Scouts, telling scary stories at camp of terror.
“The tourist” has always fascinated me. The fact that they behave in a way that is different from mine, because of their background and their hometown traditions, lead me to study them.
Trip to Zurigo, 1993, I was the tourist, on a small boat that went all around the lake in an hour. In that moment I focused on all the tourists that surrounded me, people coming from different countries in just a few square meters. I could feel the potpourri of languages and I was sewing a patchwork of funny faces with my eyes.
These memories inspire me and push me toward the spring-summer I imagined. Little people who explore the world, with their cameras and comfortable sandals.
The knitwear was modeled after striped one-piece swimsuits from the 30’s. The pieces break, they tear up until they become tops, shorts and pencil skirts made of thousands of colored stripes that resemble upholstery fabric samples that spread out like a rainbow onto the genderless trenches, as well. Souvenir t-shirts paired with sand-colored tailored suits decorated with pen graffiti, silicone, deconstructed and de-structured. Silk-like floral jumpsuits reminiscent of the 90’s. I wanted to replicate the spontaneity of those who disinterestedly combine contrasting patterns and fabrics to reach comfortability, to be able to walk, get dirty and sweat in between a museum visit and the following one.