Excuse the chaos, the children are playing and the moms are running late. An ode to the scattered madness of a modern and diverse family. Where the lives of the grown ups bounce between repetition and interruption. Calm and mayhem. And the boundaries between the present now and magical bedtime stories are blurred day in and day out.
The CORMIO Spring Summer 2023 collection invites the audience to take a seat in an actu- al house. Real and metaphorical. Inhabited by kids.
A collection that juxtaposes light hearted, cringe mottos such as ‘live laugh love’ with conse- quential punk statements on abortion. CORMIO’s characteristic cute but intellectual narra- tive serves up a conflicted reflection on family life while remaining faithful to its indulgent and saccharine core. You have already been welcomed by a Polly Pocket Dollhouse invitation presented as a birthday gift. A curious reminder to be aware of what lies under the silver lined wrapping and festive bow.
The setting takes place at a real life Milanese dolls house in Villa de Ponti Martesana. Echoing the plight of a Hedda Gabler but with the realities of contemporary family life. The runway is strewn with strollers and car seats supplied by Bugaboo, a pioneering design brand that seeks to find modern and refined solutions to the trials and tribulations that is parenting.
A wardrobe referenced with shimmering lurex, dashing velvet ribbons and prints inspired by children’s books on animals and fairytales. Skirts are reminiscent of princess gowns and cor- seting details with chevalier doublets come to life in the act of play dates, dress-up and make believe. CORMIO offers floral pyjamas, cropped pinocchietto jeans and bra straps.Together with swimwear that imitates demure underwear and knitwear mimicking technical sports gear for a sexy, paradoxical assortment.
The question of how two opposite concepts of parenthood and sensuality co-habit is a conver- sation Jezabelle Cormio is exploring. Reflecting on what really matters. The exploitation of family and children to support political agendas and a reminder that families are a natural occurrence that comes to life spontaneously. By presenting a limited edition series of printed t-shirts picturing the crumbling playground of a kindergarten that was devastated by shelling, CORMIO seeks to raise funds in support of Kyiv Angels, a grassroots team of volunteers who help civilians in Ukraine.