Mr. Azzuolo has long been one of our favorite menswear designers, but his S/S 2013 collection marks an exciting new realm for the NYC-by-way-of-Montreal designer. “This season is particularly close to the fundamental things that inspire me,” explains Antonio, “the sartorial process, active sportswear and poetic expression.” Not to mention, the introduction of AA womenswear! We nabbed a moment with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee to hear some of the secrets behind the new collection that blends a next-millennium approach to color with a bit of sportsman’s swag. As Antonio told us himself, check out “the layering and sneakers” on look #6!
How do you describe the look of the collection?
[The collection celebrates] a sporty sartorial mix. Structure and movement. Merging classic and cutting edge; sharp, fresh and fluid.
Does the design process start with a theme?
I don’t usually set a theme but go with inspiration and things that need to be addressed. [It] starts at the concept stages and continues in the design development process, fittings and continues during the final stages of styling and fashion show prepping.
How do you describe the inspiration of the collection?
Inspiration for me comes from what the French call “Le Quotidian”—daily life and experience… On a more abstract level, inspiration comes from a desire to express a vision and affect some change
What does this particular collection mean to you?
This season is particularly close to the fundamental things that inspire me—the sartorial process, active sportswear and poetic expression.
The introduction of women’s looks and the flexibility of doing custom for women derived from the menswear is inspiring—demonstrating the non-gender appeal of the collection.
Are there any interesting details of the collection we might highlight?
Look #6—the layering [and] sneakers.
2013 is just around the corner. What are you excited about for the new year?
I am excited about growing and focusing on a capsule collection with a revised silhouette… and collaborating with another brand.