Borgo’s French Toast
“There is a correlation between the idea of mysticism and art and I think that this collection was a study in that,” Eddie Borgo told Style.com in Paris this weekend. As one of the CFDA designers selected for the “Americans in Paris” program, Borgo was showing his magic-inspired collection for its second round, this time at Paris’ Palais Royal’s Galérie Joyce.
In between taking in the city’s “bright, beautiful streets” and dining at his favorite Moroccan restaurant in the Marais, 404, Borgo was giving the French a taste of what he has to offer. For Spring ’12, it’s a collection of sinister powder-coated metal works in black, white, and lavender, inspired by a book of Robert Mapplethorpe’s frames, as well as one about the life of turn-of-the-century Wiccan magician and artist Austin Osman Spare. “A lot of the shapes and silhouettes come from the symbols that we identify with magic, and the idea of good versus evil,” says Borgo.
Aiming to make his work more feminine, Borgo played with the idea of geometric lace, apparent in delicate, matte earrings and necklaces that recall overlapping pentagrams and the architecture of the Chrysler building. Black and white horsehair, which the designer incorporated into the collection because of the animal’s mystical connotations, brought an especially occult edge to caged-heart necklaces and the designer’s tassel earrings, which, this season, were capped with pavé crystals and had an air of vintage glamour. This week, Borgo’s back to work in his new Nolita studio working magic on his next collection.