The cult label’s founder Sofia Prantera referenced the tragic story of Theseus and the Minotaur
FILA may need been based effectively over 100 years in the past in a sleepy area in Northern Italy, however the behemoth sportswear label stays forward of the sport relating to innovation. Synonymous with subculture and sweaty, pulsating dancefloors by the 70s and 80s, in addition to hip hop within the 90s, quick ahead to 2022 and the model is discovering a complete new era of followers.
Its forward-thinking collaborations are an enormous energy and one thing that retains this new guard coming again for extra: in 2020, whereas the world was nonetheless deep in various levels of lockdown, FILA by some means managed to hyperlink up with Glenn Martens of Y/Project to prove a wildly good assortment that took its traditional silhouettes and motifs, and twisted them on their head.
Now, comes a model new partnership, that sees FILA rise up shut and private with cult London label Aries and its boundary-breaking chief Sofia Prantera. Fusing popular culture, traditional historical past, and throwing in a contact of mysticism (who can overlook its 2019 venture centring across the symbolism and mythology surrounding Stonehenge?), Prantera’s ‘No Problemo’ tees and pastel tie-dyed tracksuits are a go-to amongst trend followers and skaters alike.
As ever, Prantera used her collab with FILA to delve deeper into mythology, as she regarded to the story of Theseus and the Minotaur for inspiration for the ready-to-wear providing. In a brief movie directed by longtime collaborator David Sims, the designer particulars the grim goings-on that led Theseus’ story to turn out to be lore. After killing the minotaur, “Theseus forgot to change the black sails on his ship at his return,” she explains. “His father Egeo, the king, thought he was dead, and threw himself off a cliff.”
The assortment itself is made up of a mix of the staples each Aries and FILA are famend for: gentle, outsized hoodies, relaxed sweatpants sure, but additionally second-skin attire emblazoned with dual-branding and motifs. Grecian keys seem throughout zip-down minis, and swimwear additionally makes an look, with a easy black uneven physique evoking the robes worn by the Greek gods. Finishing issues off are a collection of caps, clutches, and crossbody luggage.
It takes its identify, Vela Nera, which means ‘black sail’ from Theseus’ odyssey, whereas nodding to a crusing jacket created for Giovanni Soldini in 1996. “Aries 4 FILA is a fusion of the respective DNAs that forms a new one, with a stress on Italian-ness in the classical references and attention to detail,” Prantera provides. Check it out for your self within the gallery above, watch the movie for extra particulars, and head right here to buy.