The Memphis Design Group’s Swift Comeback

Here’s to the anonymous pioneer at Revlon responsible for a black-and-white-speckled top coat called Rebel Graffiti. The composition notebook of a lacquer hit drugstores in February, just days before Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sent out Fall 2014’s cropped turtlenecks and round-shouldered dusters in a nearly identical pattern, one which also adorned Phoebe Philo’s ground-pooling pants and ’30s-era double-breasted coats for Céline.

The common thread? The ‘Bacterio’ pattern created by the 1980s Italian design group Memphis. Indeed, the Milan-based collective, once beloved by the fashion elite (Karl Lagerfeld outfitted his entire Monte Carlo penthouse with Memphis designs during his early days at Chanel) is having something of a resurgence. Founding members Ettore Sottsass and Shiro Kuramata’s pieces were highlights of Tuesday’s Barry Friedman: The Eclectic Eye auction at Christie’s, and Nathalie Du Pasquier just launched a graphic collaboration with American Apparel, where black-and-white Bacterio abounds. So, until you can get your hands on that Proenza coat [5], try painting them up in Revlon’s $4.99 version of the everywhere print.

Photos [1, 2] by Deja Turner.

Caroline Trentini at Alexander Wang Fall 2014

“I had a baby five months ago in Brazil, so this is my first job in New York in a year and a half. I didn’t travel at all when I was pregnant. I flew in yesterday for the fitting, and I’ll leave tomorrow to go back to the baby in Brazil. I have to get my son’s little visa done so he can come, too. Being a mom has changed everything: you have a different energy, you see everything differently. It’s such an incredible feeling. I miss my son, Bento, so much. Bento means ‘blessed’ in Portuguese. I really understand what love means now. Having a baby also changes your body so much. I have had to work out a lot—three times a week I get trained with boxing and fighting with my trainer in Brazil.  And your skin texture changes; I have to moisturize so much. When I was pregnant, I used Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil and Mustela Specific Support Bust Cream and Belly Cream so I wouldn’t get stretch marks. Mustela makes a cream for every part of your body! And it worked. They also say your hair falls out when you stop breastfeeding. I’m still breastfeeding now—he’s almost six months. I’m going to breastfeed him until I can’t, I guess. I was three years old when I stopped. It was a nightmare for my mom, but they say that’s why I grew so much and I’m so tall! [Laughs] It feels a little weird to be back on the runway, but I think I was really prepared for this moment. I have such a better life now, because I have a family… But I love my job and I want to continue doing this. I missed everybody.”

—as told to ITG

Caroline Trentini photographed backstage at Alexander Wang Fall 2014 by Emily Weiss on Saturday February 8, 2014. Hair by Guido for Redken and makeup by Diane Kendal for Nars.