05 June 2021 08:53
He has his models paraded in the former church of the Holy Spirit in Cesena, among angels, stuccoes and altars, to bring a piece of his city, Cesena, to Milan, the beating heart of fashion. It is Simone Botte, aka Simon Cracker, a designer from Cesena who has been working in Milan for several years and, despite being young, is gaining great respect among the greats of the sector. Simone Botte, who has never forgotten the air of Ponte Abbadesse, “the neighborhood where he grew up, the dance hall and the grandmothers’ apartments full of favors and doilies”, has thought of a summer 2022 collection capable of clearing even the seasons “That no longer exist” and making winter and summer garments coexist mixed together in a 100% recycled base.
“Just this year I decided to make my Upcycling collection 100% – explains Simon Cracker – because it is made with disassembled and recreated fabrics and garments. Garments and materials from bankrupt companies in the area or by selecting what was out of production or leftover sofa factories. ” An operation that combines sustainability, recovery and good Italian style, the result of studies, creativity and the ability to be moved.
In fact, Simone Botte has been collaborating for years with seamstresses and knitters in Cesena to create the collections, combining her new punk style with tradition, giving life to a less traditional couture that combines art, memories and eco-sustainability.
“People believe that punk is tearing jeans and attaching studs to leather jackets – continues Simon – but the concept of punk is going against the tide because in a world where the bourgeois now dress like the ACDC group, I believe that the the right direction for me is to be inspired by my grandparents, by aunts and by the places I lived, such as the hotels on the Riviera still furnished as in the 70s that I photograph continuously when I return to Romagna from Milan. “
The fashion show – shot with the consent of the Municipality of Cesena in the former church of the Spirito Santo (designed by Mattia Angeloni built in 1694) – will be presented in digital form during the Milanese men’s fashion week, from 18 to 23 June in the “Designer” category for the planet “. Throughout the period the collection will be exhibited in the Franca Sozzani gallery, exhibition space of 10 Corso Como, open to the public from 10 to 18.