GCDS designer Giuliano Calza takes us behind the scenes at his spring 2022 show


While Milan Fashion Week hailed the return of the shows in person, some designers have chosen to present their latest collection in digital form, including Giuliano Calza of GCDS. The Naples-born designer, who launched his brand, which stands for ‘God Can’t Destroy Streetwear,’ in 2015, kicked off GCDS’s Spring 2022 collection with a fashion film inspired by his hometown childhood and folklore that surrounds the south. Italian seaside town.

“Right from the start, I wanted to do something comfortable, like a childhood summer,” Calza told NYLON. “There are a lot of stories about mermaids and I wanted everyone to step into another dimension with me.”

While GCDS fashion films have made waves in recent seasons, including Dua Lipa’s younger sister Rina making her runway debut for fall 2021, Calza hopes to return to a live catwalk during the Milan Fashion Week – when the time is right.

“I like to create different scenarios and, thanks to a digital show, it is of course easier,” he says. “Unfortunately, I miss the energy of the show; the gathering of foreigners, models, the press, children, etc. I just thought it wasn’t the best time yet.

Arian Martínez / Courtesy of GCDS

In the time of next year’s spring and summer gatherings, Calza has created the perfect wardrobe worthy of an island vacation fantasy. The new GCDS collection, which debuted Thursday, September 23, includes swimsuits, wide-brimmed hats, chunky slip-on clogs for the beach, as well as blazers, knits, embellished jumpsuits and denim. dead for the evenings.

“We tried different watches to give it a faded look,” Calza explains. “Lots of hooks and embroidery were the biggest study of the season. I really loved the see-through looks with crystals. We had to wash it with different colors in order to create an iridescent mermaid style.

Of course, a GCDS wouldn’t be complete without Calza’s iconic crochet bikinis, which have been spotted not once, but twice on Dua Lipa. (The pop star has even worn the spring 2022 look pictured above.) This time, the designer has created a tiny two-piece made of jewels and crystals. “It was a more bittersweet version,” he says. “I felt like we deserved a tearful version, but a more glamorous version.”

As for where he would like to see his new IRL collection, Calza already has some ideas: “I would love to see her on stage or on the beach next to me drinking a martini.

On the front, Giuliano Calza from GCDS takes us behind the scenes of his Spring 2022 collection.

“Making my first fashion film.”
“I am really close to my friends and to the team behind GCDS. This is what makes my visions so organic.
“The glamor team is working on the perfect, shiny, beachy look. “
“An overview of the details is crucial to developing a strong vision and direction. “Photos by Aran Martínez

Watch the full GCDS Spring 2022 fashion show below.

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