ACT N°1 IS A BRAND ESTABLISHED IN ITALY BY INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS GALIB GASSANOFF AND LUCA LIN. THE NAME HAS A PRECISE MEANING AND IT IS INTENDED AS THE DESIGNERS' INFANCY LIKE THE FIRST ACT OF THEIR LIFE, WHICH INSPIRED THEM IN DEVELOPING THE BRAND. ITS ESSENCE AND IMAGE IT'S ALL ABOUT ITS DESIGNER'S PERSONAL STORY AND MULTICULTURAL BACKGROUND WITH A FOCUS ON THEIR CHILDHOOD, HOME, AND LIFESTYLE WHERE ANTIQUE CHINESE FINE ART AND AZERBAIJANI CRAFTSMANSHIP COLLIDE.
EACH SEASON THE ACT N°1 SHOW AIMS TO EXPRESS A STORY REGARDING INCLUSIVITY AND WOMEN'S CONDITION ALL OVER THE WORLD. HYBRID ITEMS AND LANDSCAPE PRINTS IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD BECAME ICONS OF THE BRAND. HIGHLY RECOGNISABLE HYBRID ITEMS ARE MIX OF TWO DIFFERENT PIECES PATCHED INTO ONE. FOR EXAMPLE, SHIRT ATTACHED T-SHIRTS, SKIRT ATTACHED PANTS, DRESS ATTACHED JACKETS, ETC.
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The look: In keeping with their penchant for deconstruction and off-kilter combinations, the designers upturned traditional silhouettes, adding a dash of theatricality for an intriguing wardrobe that exuded languid sensuality and worked for both men and women.
Quote of note: “This collection is really inspired by our diverse cultural background,” said Lin, who’s half Chinese. “We wanted to telegraph the idea of togetherness and multiculturalism, which is really part of our DNA,” echoed Gassanoff, who was born in Azerbaijan but grew up in Georgia.
Takeaway: Lin and Gassanoff in the span of a few seasons have developed a distinctive aesthetic, extravagant and refined. This collection was more mature than previous efforts, striking a balance between creativity and wearability. Its gender-bending connotation felt in tune with the times.