COLORS FROM MIAMI
Everything about colour gets my attention and that's why Miami is one of the most interesting cities I've visited in recent years. Dubbed the “queen of Florida”, it is now a centre of innovation in art, design and creativity.
Excessive in all things, in the extravagant mix of architecture, shapes and habits. Midway between exotic and kitsch, Miami is like a giant moodboard. You only have to get away from the city tours and take a walk around Wynwood, the district that revolutionised the idea that decline cannot be reversed. In Miami anything is possible and this completely run-down area has now risen as an art and design district.
Everything is ramped up to the max here, like the DJ sets blasting out every night in this district. In Miami there are no half measures: even when it came to “reclaiming” the city. All it took was an art-loving American tycoon willing to turn Wynwood into a giant open air graffiti museum.
In an area filled with derelict old shoe warehouses, the best graffiti artists in the world have been brought in to create free “works” with no limitations.
Colour is king here, and I have brought it back to use it in my collections and fabrics.
Post-modern shapes, neon hyper tags, primitive symbols mixed with Caribbean decorations - every inch of this district has been completely covered in colour by renowned street artists such as Nunca, Interesni Kazki, Shepard Fairey, and Invader.
Every time I go to Miami, I find a different shade and bring it back to my studio in Italy. I believe this city is a peerless colour card - no cahier de tendances can match it!
Things change at incredible speed here, even the very idea of graffiti. On the roof of a specialist company in the residential sector, I saw vertical metal trims alongside the customary flags. When the wind blew, the roof moved like a wave. It was like kinetic graffiti that changed according to the weather. That would be unthinkable in Italy!