Marco Capaldo and Kikka Cavenati are the duos behind the London-based fashion label, 16Arlington.
Founded in 2017, their brand exudes glamor, real charm. I mean the glamorous type of Jean Harlow that you associate with Hollywood young stars, but there is a cool London.
There are feathers, there are sequins, silk, leather, and crystals. What more do you want? And this killer silhouette adorns including hugging figures for mini halterneck and one shoulder midis. This is the best maximalism.
Brought to date, there are more important, pay closer attention and there is a collective harmony is disharmony – femininity and masculinity (see special blazers), minimalist and maximum, made sexiness and style without effort. Also not PG, besides that there is also a bit of mixed fetish. Hot.
And the appeal is real, so much so that they get their own Hollywooder, Lena Dunham to walk on their 2020 Spring / Summer catwalks at London Fashion Week (that was Dunham’s debut appearance as a runway model). Also seen they pocketed prominent stockists from Bergdorf Goodman and Kirna Zabete to Selfridges, Moda Operandi, Luisa through Rome and Lane Crawford all eager to follow their alluring lines. So I guess what needs to be done is to add a red carpet.
Felicity Carter: What was your first memory of fashion or style?
We always talk about how we are both very fashion conscious thanks to our mother.
Even though none of them work directly in fashion, they always have a high interest and interest in clothing. We often find ourselves referring to old photo albums and asking them to dig up old pieces that we found in them.
Kikka: My mother used to be a model in her 20s and was often paid for clothes. He will choose unusual special pieces that he normally doesn’t buy so I remember playing with these pieces often. Growing up, I always wanted him to have high heels, but he always liked to sew and very masculine footwear, so I would arrange these beautiful dresses with male lace and big blazer. That real contrast is something that I still applied when designing.
FC: How, when, why did you enter the industry?
We both studied women’s clothing at the University where we met. I think that is the first real formal introduction to this industry. After the collection of our graduates, we built some beautiful relationships with stylists, we both did internships for different design houses but really felt the urge to work together something together that is when we started working at 16Arlington.
Through our stylist being introduced to Lauren Santo Domingo, he put on one of our works which made Moda one of our first stockists.
FC: How do you summarize aesthetics?
Marco and I have real love and appreciation for all the beautiful things. I think that is the starting point of our true aesthetic is to create something beautiful and empowering. 16Arlington is a balance of two extremes, masculinity versus femininity, minimalism versus maximalism, a combination of our British / Italian heritage that creates this beautiful alignment when put in a container of excessive glamorous sexy Italian glamor and a relaxed and cool London and a casual touch of amulets.
FC: What is luxury for you?
For us, luxury is something that is formed in an object of desire. Something that makes your heart beat fast and makes you stop, observe, admire, and enjoy its beauty.
FC: Who are your customers?
We have never identified our customers with any limitations. We do not place age groups or jobs with our clients. For us, she is a woman who uses clothes to strengthen the beauty that is already there. We are truly fortunate to be able to work with a variety of inspirational women since starting a brand that we feel represents our customers. They are all very different and unique but all have something in common so they change the world in a positive way, making it a far more beautiful place.
FC: What do you each bring to the brand?
At the beginning of the trip I thought that we both bought something quite individually aesthetically for each collection but after working with each other and now in our fifth season our aesthetics have really been synchronized and worked in parallel which we don’t need to pay attention to who brings ideas or details specific to the table. I think the real thing that still exists is the eyes of men and women, Kikka is well aware of how women feel in the clothes we make. Marco has a tendency to push the thigh cleavage a little too high.
FC: What is the foundation of your company?
Being a young brand, we have always been very involved in every aspect of the company from the start, which made us learn a lot because the reality of brand building is that there is far more to it than just designing a collection every season. We always take a very direct approach and are still involved in every small aspect of the brand which certainly has weaknesses but also allows us to be very aware of how the brand works and develops. This combined with a very small dedicated team allowed us to get to this point. One of our greatest blessings is to think of one another to continually form rational decisions based on two opinions rather than one and that something both of which is very present both in business, everyday running the brand, and finally the collection itself.
FC: Which was the first time you designed it and how did it happen?
That’s a very difficult question, we made this fur coat very early and it was really about playing with the basic proportions of the coat. We created a large cocoon like this shaped coat to make you look like a pin falling into a fur ball. Another truly impressive creation is the performance we created for Jourdan Dunn and Edie Campbell for the 2018 British fashion award. These two performances are very different but truly represent extreme balance. Jourdan was wearing a strapless transparent lace sequin dress adorned with feathers that had a three-meter long train and Edie was wearing a suit that was completely polished in a limping icy blue with an oversized masculine satin collar.
FC: What’s on your mood board right now?
Nowadays it is quite difficult to channel creative inspiration when surrounded by such sadness but there are times where inspiration kicks in and creates pauses and also acts as a small form of escape. The atmosphere and ideas change quite quickly now and the adjustment from working under extreme pressure and tight deadlines to having more time to develop is something that you think will only benefit the process but in reality adjustments and uncertainties occupy many things. time.
FC: Tell me about the process from sketch to production …
The process from sketch to production is very interesting because each garment is made in a different way. Sometimes there is a very clear visual idea that we detail very deeply in sketches on paper and at other times it is something that comes alive attached to the body. Sometimes something made in a certain direction changes into something when the force inspires to go in a new direction. The process of developing a collection really is something that changes until the morning of the show. After the collection is displayed, it will be sold and seen by our stockists. We often develop exclusive works with our buyers and from our sales campaigns we really begin to understand how collections will be translated commercially. After the sale, we really spent a lot of time aligning clothes in production. Here we tweak the waist circumference bottom keyhole hemlines etc. Many things work well editorially or in show format when you create fantasy but don’t have to be translated into the real world. It is important to us that we keep our clothes as close to the dream as possible, but to make sure women can feel and feel great about wearing them.
FC: How would you like to see your label develop?
We are very fortunate to work with extraordinary stockists around the world and we look forward to continuing to develop our distribution in a very organic way. For us the goal is never to redistribute the collection, but to make it very special and available in a very beautiful space. We want to continue to build long-standing relationships with all our retail partners. We recently launched an exclusive bag collection with Net-a-Porter and we hope to explore more categories in the future as the brand develops into what we hope will become global.
Buy labels on their labels website and in leading stores globally.