Aegean Sun by Micol Sabbadini
Milanese fine art photographer Micol Sabbadini has dipped into her visual archive to create a breezy, summer-centric capsule collection for Weekend Max Mara. Known for her striking images of exotic locales, Sabbadini has drawn on the sun-drenched imagery of the Aegean Islands for this collection. Photographs, taken in stolen moments during her travels, of white- washed houses, lazily drifting boats, intricate mosaics and luscious Mediterranean peonies are thoughtfully collaged or transformed into stunning patterns by the artist. Twelve Weekend Max Mara-designed pieces will receive this visual treatment from her photographic eye: dresses, trousers, shirts, skirts and accessories in shifting shades of white, blue and pink. “The mood of this collection,” Sabbadini describes of the inspiration behind the collaboration, “is European summer — coastal houses in Greece, sailboats in the sea and snatches of text I find wandering around with my camera on days off.”
The twelve pieces featured in the collection were designed with long, carefree days in mind. The images were designed specifically for the cut of three of these garments, treating each piece like one of Sabbadini’s artworks. A cotton poplin menswear-style shirt is collaged with digitally printed sailboats bordered with peonies and mosaic patterns. A Silk Crêpe de Chine T-shirt, with Cotton Jersey sleeves and back, is printed with similar floral motifs and emblazoned with found text. A voluminous, 50s-inspired high-waisted skirt in cotton poplin features whitewashed houses, glimpses of the sea and oversized peonies. An all-over floral pattern can be found on a pair of wide-leg, high-waisted trousers in Crêpe de Chine and a full- length shirt dress in cotton poplin. Meanwhile, a similar pattern featuring a blue and white floral motif, sailboats and ‘LOVE’ boldly written in red adorns a full- length Crêpe de Chine t- shirt dress, kick-flare Capri trousers in satin cotton stretch and a 50s-style shirt dress with a full, half-wheel skirt. Creamy silk foulard scarves and iconic Weekend Max Mara Pasticcino bags will also receive the all-over-print treatment from Sabbadini.
“I loved this project,” Sabbadini says about the collaboration with Weekend Max Mara, “using my photography archive in this way was greatly inspiring.” Between Sabbadini’s dreamy images and Weekend Max Mara’s chicly understated silhouettes and luxuriously rendered fabrics, the capsule collection’s Mediterranean vibe seems second nature to the newfound collaborators. But for Sabbadini, it was the opportunity to work in an entirely different medium that was most rewarding, “it was an amazing learning experience and super fun,” she reveals about the partnership, “I was given freedom to make something true to my aesthetic.”