August 20 2014

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Arthur Arbesser Fuses Furniture Design, Architecture, and Joy Division


“Milan needs fresh blood,” quipped Arthur Arbesser, the young Central Saint Martins graduate who spent seven years under the helm of Giorgio Armani before moving on to start his own label just a year ago.

Last month Arbesser presented his third collection at architect Luca Cipelletti’s 1920s apartment to the likes of Suzy Menkes, who stopped by to review and spread the word. Here was an androgynous, in his own words “no frills, no bows, not very girly,” Joy Division- and Ettore Sottsass-inspired assortment of cold-cut outerwear and oversize, sometimes sheer and striped separates from the Milan-based Austrian newcomer—fresh blood, indeed.

Today, Arbesser gives us the video for his Fall 2014 collection, premiering exclusively here. Filmed in black-and-white by his friend, the Brooklyn-based director and photographer Samantha Casolari, the video follows a starkly styled Tatiana Pajkovic as she dances and moves alone through Brooklyn Heights. Hair pulled back, she makes her way into an empty, aging cinema. “It was a little bit dreamy, but at the same time a little bit melancholic,” said Arbesser.

“The collection was inspired by the usual things I love—eighties furniture, the architecture of the twenties and thirties—[but] this time around, I wanted to bring back a bit of my London days, especially the music I loved, like Joy Division,” said Arbesser. “I figured that a young designer needs to be a tiny bit controversial, let’s say. He needs to be a little more quirky. I’ve been living in Milan for so many years. I decided I needed to bring back a little bit of London—when I was a little bit wilder.”