Back to Sweden

Designer Lars Nilsson went back to his own roots to get inspiration for his Mr Nils menswear collection.

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The Marino Marini Museum is definitely not your conventional Florentine Renaissance museum. This previous church mainly preserves modernist sculptures by the Pistoia-born artist Marini. Yet you could argue that, though produced in Italy by the Mabro company, Lars Nilsson's Autumn/Winter 2010 menswear collection is definitely not your traditional Italian collection.

Presented yesterday night as part of the Pitti Immagine calendar,  Nilsson's collection has got more than just a Nordic feel thanks to the thick knitwear, soft cardigans and outwear coats it features. The designer - who worked in his career for Christian Lacroix, Bill Blass, Nina Ricci and Gianfranco Ferré - approached this collection with Sweden in his heart, and infused his main inspiration not only on a simply aesthetic level, but carried out an in-depth research in Swedish menswear, fabrics and textiles, renovating them in a modern key.

While the daywear feeatured in the collection looks more casual, for the evening the designer created elegantly classic and timeless pieces characterised by perfect cuts and proportions with little contemporary details such as subtle double pockets. Photographer Andreas Larsson took pictures of the collection in the Dalarna region, showing Nilsson's models walking among frozen landscapes, in a sort of dreamy environment.

One of Marino Marini's most recurring themes was the knight on a horse conceived by the artist as a symbol of vitally lively harmony. If Nilsson, like Marini, was after some long-desired vital harmony in his designs, he perfectly achieved it with this collection.      



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