For his diffusion brand YTTRIUM, designer Aurelio Costarella decided to take a lighter approach to that of his first collection. Shades of dove grey and white are complimented by splashes of cobalt blue and deep red. And although the colour palette has evolved, the clean, minimal lines and architectural approach to modern dressing remains the same.
Lightweight fabrics including cotton, jersey, georgette and perforated suede promise to keep you looking and feeling cool as the warmer weather approaches, while graphic prints and twisting jersey add a youthful dose of fun to the classic dresses and separates.
To get acquainted with the brand, we chatted to the designer himself, Aurelio Costarella, to get the low down.
Myer: What inspired you to create this collection?
Aurelio Costarella: Moving on from a very dark debut collection, YTTRIUM takes on a lighter palette for this spring offering. White, silver grey, dove and heather dominate this collection, punctuated by highlights of black, red and cobalt blue.
M: Who is the YTTRIUM woman?
AC: A design savvy individual who is always ahead of the pack.
M: What’s the one key piece this season that’s an absolute must-have?
AC: The Razor Scribble Jacket – great as a suit or rocked up with leather shorts or pants.
M: What themes and techniques have you featured this season?
AC: Jersey, georgette, cotton and perforated suede form the backbone of the collection. Monochromatic elements come into play. Graphic print collides with optic white and splashes of pop colour in twisted and draped jersey offer a more playful mood.
M: Describe your design style in three words.
AC: Architectural, minimal, graphic.
M: Which designer past or present inspires you the most?
AC: Rei Kawakubo of COMMES Des Garçon has always been a huge inspiration since I first began my design career in 1983. Her sense of form, use of colour and intellectual approach to design is formidable.
M: Describe the new collection in one sentence.
AC: Clean, simple silhouettes with a focus on fabrication.
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