Nicolas Di Felice showcased his debut collection for revered French Maison Courrèges, diving into the brand’s archives to unearth the founder’s signature silhouettes for a new audience. Titled “I can feel your heartbeat”, Di Felice was enamoured by Andres Courrèges “workshop era”, a time when the designer’s distinct stylistic codes began to formulate and innovate the industry.
Voluminous shapes and geometric constructions are highlighted, in an effort to appeal to 21st-century youth whose social lives have been at a deadlock because of strict stay-at-home orders. The outing also addresses a variety of encounters—between eras, people, and places—in a subversive yet romantic manner. The Maison’s archetypes are integrated into contemporary work and clubwear aesthetics, allowing a newly conceived Courrèges silhouette to take precedence.
A 1963 archival check pattern is reproduced in a large coat, while vinyl—an iconic Courrèges textile—makes various appearances throughout the collection, most notably with oversized collars. A very au courant cut-out theme, which was first introduced by the Maison in 1969, is used on a series of dresses, trousers, and tops, giving a more hedonistic feel to the iconic motif.
“I can feel your heartbeat” provides a healthy dose of optimism and a necessary message of hope for many who are yearning for connection, both physical and spiritual.
Scroll through the gallery below for a look at the FW21 collection.