Now let’s move on to Vienna, where Petar Petrov photographed his collection outdoors. âIt was nice to have a feeling of lightness. You know, spring is the season that I love the most, because it has this freshness and you have more light, people are positive, everyone has the impression that it is a new beginning â, a- he declared. So here is a scene from Petrov street with women walking, liberated in the figurative sense of three seasons of confinement in the walls of a studio or a domestic setting.
Followers of Petrov always look for his practicality, precision and his cool, grown-up look of not trying too hard. There’s something of the ’90s attitude behind his judgments about tailoring and dresses – a touch of Helmut Lang in his pant cuts; a minimalist discipline – and the cleaned memory of that season of the grunge years clicks with its constituency. âFor me it is very important that we make real comfortable clothes for real people. I don’t like costume clothes, âPetrov said in a Zoom session. Her touchstone is the design for women who want “to feel like you haven’t talked so much about what you’re wearing – you know, you just put it on and that’s it”.
This is a huge collection focused on the lifestyle, so here is a selection for cherry pickers. Double jean shirts and wide jeans (Japanese origin for authenticity; no stretchable synthetic fibers.) Shady but crisp pants with oversized jackets and knife pressed bootcut pants. And dresses that hijack conventions in various nuanced ways. One: A shirt dress with a loosely bandana print on it, which is subtly fitted in front and flares out in the back as you walk. Two: A touch of body-hugging clothing thanks to a diagonal striped knit dress, which has another semi-sheer jumpsuit creating a balloon underneath. Three: a black cotton caped dress with almost monastic A-line volume.
Before hitting “Exit” on our Zoom chat, Petrov mentioned that he was about to leave for Paris to talk about the possibility of having a physical show there in March. On the other hand, it might be just as interesting for some people to travel to Austria to see what Petrov is doing there. Haven’t we all said that localism is an important facet of sustainability? The audience of Petar Petrov would surely be behind that.