Giuliano Calza’s latest Spring/Summer 2023 collection for his label GCDS celebrates and explores the beauty of our differences. “The feeling of being alien is a common one. Sometimes we feel alien in the places that were once home. GCDS turns this feeling into a joyous force, embracing everyone’s colors”, Calza shared in his show notes.
On the runway, at least, it was all about self-love, inclusion, body liberation and freedom of expression, with skin-tight catsuits, rainbow beaded tank tops, heavily ripped denim pants, ethereal shirts embroidered with sequins, among others. All in a disco palette – hence the name of the collection: Alien disco – with bright colors that also referred to those of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, whose silhouette, adorned in silkscreen, embroidery, crochet, knitting on many pieces.
It was fun, playful and unexpected, all qualities that have made the GCDS reputation whose collection, here, was aimed at “a posse of alien club kids, towering on massive platforms, faces painted in multiple colors, expressing the idea that being different is an opportunity, and that minorities must be protected in order to progress”.