One space spreads through all creatures equally: inner world space. [...] Durch alle Wesen reicht der eine Raum: Weltinnenraum. [...] Rainer Maria Rilke
A search for silence that becomes deliberate recuperation of privacy, contrasting with a reality that blasts information, images and sounds to create dangerous dizziness. Not isolation, but dis-connection, seeking other voices, more authentic thoughts. Solitude with gilded doors - the space in the verses of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, consecrated by Wim Wenders in Wings of desire - inspires the A|W 11|12 collection by ILARIA NISTRI. This is the start of a marvellous game of contrasts: the formality of leather and the gleam of laminates; essential lines and dresses that slither over the body and caress it; dense knitwear, an intertwining of important yarns, reveals unexpected rarefaction. Leather, washed or stretch for outerwear, is the cocoon that protects the preciousness of the deepest space, the shell that allows us to glimpse its rarest fruit. Contemporary makeovers of the parka keep their enormous hoods that close over the face without hiding; or structured collars - funnel, padded or topstitched - that almost shield from the outside. Leather again, but lined with felted jersey to give it the consistency of shearling in a warm cosy wrapper. Clean-cut lines, totally no-frills, follow the route taken by visible zips, ready to unfasten and welcome the external world. Volumes then open and transform into generous armour, now soft and destructured, and reveal the gleam of laminates. The fur effect of long coats, almost like baroque cloaks, is recreated thanks to clever use of floating mohair threads. Cut on the bias, coats spiral and twist around the body and arms. They stand for the ego inside every one of us: precious meditation that is the result of silver laminate meeting satin, crêpe de chine or georgette to create transparent mirror effects. Same-colour jersey inserts create elegant chiaroscuro effects where the light alights unevenly in soft movement. Trousers are soft or leggings and find their uniqueness thanks to details in leather or metal. Knits are not just for every day - thanks to the addition of embroidery-effect chains, they become one of the central points of the collection. Hand-knitted alpaca and mohair feature the finest laminated and metal ribbon details. Threads intertwine in a fine mesh, offering a tantalising glimpse of privacy. Colours are black and whitewash - power and protection - and gold to represent the centrality of the ego. An ego that takes centre stage, free to create combinations and vary the wearability of garments that are born with a definite identity, but at the same time leave free rein for personal inclination.