If you praise the slick ultra-minimal whiteness of certain Spanish architects, you will most definitely adore the pure blackness of Spon Diogo. Achieving simplicity is not an easy task though; the borderline between superb and boring is too thin. However, the work of Mia Lisa Spon and Rui Andersen Diogo is far from boring. The designs are subtle, yet impressive. Linearity and the predominant black, impose a pure modern interpretation of fashion.
Yet, the collection’s minimalism is far from the austere monastic look. An underlying sexuality spreads over the collection like a hot and dry wind, as implied by the collection’s name Favonio. Favonius – also meaning favourable – is a roman god of winds who held dominion over flowers and plants. The blowing wind of sensuality reveals glimpses of the body. A voyeuristic exposure of feminine beauty in an otherwise austere urban collection, subverts the minimal purity of the linear geometric cuts.
Fragments of the past, unexpected in modernist urban aesthetics, resurface in the collection, revealing a fetishist nuance. A plain black leather corset resurrects the implied intimacy from previous centuries, flirting with Goth fetishism. Shear lace with subtle decorative patterns, offers unexpected glimpses of the skin. Tail hems provocatively expose the legs.
Andre Amtoft’s evasive text – a short inspirational text about the collection – is not exactly descriptive but it is great food for thought.
‘A gentle caressing of the landscape – The warm Faviono winds carry an assembly of the elements – an accentuated sensibility of feminine pulchritude and sexuality subversive independence.
From this enigmatic terrain of solace and solidity emerges the fructifying beauty of nature’s silhouette – a carelessly self-referential and evocative incantation of Eros carrying cupid to his cave.
In capturing this passage of an unsettled score the poetically charged body – with its draping of form and function – gestures an encounter in which all that is solid melts into air.’