Edited by Louie Rodrigues on
Italian-born designer Carlotta Actis Barone took London by storm with her spring 2013 collection. The bright and playful line was opened by ballerinas on the catwalk, something not seen too often during London Fashion Week.
Here in the FashionIndie office we love fashion, ballerinas and unusual things so we thought what would be better than to interview the girl who put those three things together so well?
Firstly, could you tell us what inspired your clothing this season?
After been sad and moody the past season, I decided to show the audience I can still be fun and happy. I based my S/S 13 collection on the eternal fight between bad and good, where the good guys finally win. As a reference for this, I based my research on the Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.
Also, you have bodysuits featured each year. Could you tell us about them?
I always base my collections on messages, protests or just personal assertions. The body suits are the literal translation of it. They look like they are tattooed on the body – it’s like I’m engraving on womens’ bodies my message.
Why did you choose to open your show with ballerinas?
I love being dramatic – I am Italian aren’t I? I thought that putting a scene, like a mini opera, would do the trick.
Who choreographed the dance piece?
Will you believe I did it? I have never done something like that before, but I love dancing. I have watched quite a lot of ballets. When I got to the rehearsal room, it was like I had done it all my life. Well, at least that gives me a second life opportunity if I fail in fashion!
And lastly, what kind of girl wears Carlotta Actis Barone?
Definitely a clever one! Also, one who’s very determined and confident in herself. She needs to know what she wants in life and take no any nonsense from anyone.