Frank Morello: Fall & Winter 2011/12 For Men

by David Hellquist SOURCE Dazed Digital

Not many designers put on such a show as Frankie Morello. Last season it was a beach party, while this collection was framed by a gang of dancers who competed with the models for the audience’s attention.

Luckily (not that the dancers were bad) Frankie Morello's clothing designs managed to put up a proper fight. What impressed this season was Morello’s way of handling its knitwear in relation to the tailoring. Often knits came under or over suits - sometimes both - and it created a sense of dressed down formality, which is how most people aspire to dress.
Morelli's collection was like the perfect hybrid of heritage with punk with prep with pajamas! Sort of like Ralph Lauren meets Tommy Hilfiger meets Anna Sui meets Kenzo meets 3.1 Phillip Lim.  This, at least, was Frankie Morello’s take on it.  

Utility was big; life jackets, cargo pants, protective blankets all went with the theme of survival. Elements of standard Morello humor came through over sized knit pins still stuck in cardigans and scarfs. Still, it was the ethnic knitwear and check suits that impressed the most in show that both entertained and delivered a message of endurance. See all the action in the video below.




Photos courtesy of Franco Morello