The Fall/Winter 2011 collection from San Francisco-based gr.dano continues the design duo’s emphasis on architectural silhouettes and neutral hues with two-toned tops, cropped jackets and lots of structural details, folds and stripes. While the results are nothing if not modern, designers Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer looked to the past for inspiration, which came courtesy of this year’s much-lauded Balenciaga & Spain exhibit at the de Young Museum.
“Both Balenciaga and Spain have always had one foot in the ultra-modern and the other in a space dedicated to reverence to the past. This season gr.dano strived for the same result,” the gr.dano team says of their latest work.
The feminine, yet groundbreaking shapes of Balenciaga and elements of Spanish culture ranging from midday siestas to the masculinity of the matador and the sensuality of the Flamenco were just some of the ideas the designers kept in mind as they produced their latest pieces. — additional reporting by Lindsay Harte
The collection will be available later this year at 440 Brannan Studio. In the meantime, here are some highlights:
Photography courtesy of gr.dano