'Antiheroes', a fashion collection with a film and a sketch book
The Earnest Levity of Armando Forlin
Armando Forlin took his first steps towards fashion design as much out of boredom as necessity. It is not quite certain why boredom set in during his time at teachers college. But the necessity arose from his search for exactly the kind of winter coat he wanted. In the end, Forlin made a virtue of necessity and turned his fashion ideas into a graduate piece.
The project Antiheroes-The-Good-And-The-Evil-Women, for which Armando Forlin has won a Swiss Federal Design Award, is an extension of that graduate piece. It comprises designs for six types of women: three 'good' and three 'evil'. All of them are unconventional and contradictory – antiheroes, indeed – and all have been allocated a design and a brief description stating name, profession and location, as well as favourite music (e.g. Stockhausen or Gainsbourg) and a personal motto. Hard Work, Hard Party is the motto of DJane from Berlin, while Bianca Miller from New York has no time for mottos. In spite of the somewhat clichéd, tongue-in-cheek format, Forlin's brief descriptions show that he does put some thought into the kind of people who would wear his clothes.
The talent of this young designer is evident in many of his pieces as well as in his reflections on the female body. For instance, he emphasises the shoulders of a jacket with wavy, lace-lined tucks or places pockets on the hips of a dress. Those pockets, incidentally, also serve as a place for Geraldine, the library assistant from Paris, to put her books. In his functional, tailor-made designs, Forlin cleverly combines the personality and lifestyle of the women who wear them.
Armando Forlin plans to study fashion at the Antwerp Academy. He is unlikely to succumb to boredom there, and will hopefully remain just as creative as he is now.