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  • Geoffrey B. Small
    Senior Member
    • Nov 2007
    • 618

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    • Geoffrey B. Small
      Senior Member
      • Nov 2007
      • 618

      aw17 campaign preview

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      A preview of our new Autumn/winter 2017 lookbook and ad campaign shot by Guido Barbagelata in Paris running soon on SZ Magazine, Many of Them Magazine in Spain, Please Magazine in Japan and more as the season progresses. First deliveries for the record-breaking 'secrets' men's and 'grow deep' women's collections are now arriving this month in Paris at l'Eclaireur Boissy, in Tokyo and Osaka at Journal Standard Luxe, and in New York at Atelier. Many others to follow in July and August. On Saturday, we show our 100th collection presented in Paris since 1993, looking forward to seeing many of you there... with many thanks to everyone, Geoffrey & the Team































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      • Geoffrey B. Small
        Senior Member
        • Nov 2007
        • 618

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        IT seems hard to believe that 25 years ago when we brought our first collection of handmade pieces to Paris
        in a suitcase with little more than a dream to have a chance, and find a place, to show our work somewhere in the world where the creation of clothing might be recognized by even a few rare individuals as an art form-- but here we are… extremely grateful and pleased to have been able to make our 100th Paris collection presentation to date. With many thanks to everyone who came and shared in this magical event-- dedicated to the art of making clothes by hand and the value of the human being, in a world seeming to be racing madly to forget about both...















        live performance video by Jerome Chichet:







        with many thanks to...


        violin:
        Isabelle Madeleine de Miollis
        works by O. Rieding, A.Scarlati, F. Kuchler

        dance:
        Matilde Canuti

        models:
        Josef, Chris, Alex Nestor, Jakub, Roman, Pascal, Hadrien, Mikhail, Ahkim, Dramane, Klaus, Guillaume, Andrew, Luka, Lucas, Thomas, Amine, Vlas, Bradley, Cedrick Dbn, Anthony Sicot, Guillaume St Michel, Sergei, Omer, Diego Viannello, Brad Sisk, Riccardo Sandano
        many thanks to Studio KLRP agency,

        space design & art:
        Paul Bradley Studios UK

        sound & light:
        Maurice Giraud
        Lumiere & Son Paris

        Lionel Csinski / fashion therapy

        next show: "come and go"
        Women's SS18. Sept.30
        for invitation: geoffreyb.small@gmail.com

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        • negroygris
          Senior Member
          • Aug 2013
          • 270

          Dear Geoffrey B. Small Congratulations on your 100th Paris Collection presentation! I have to begin by expressing how touched I was by this performance, you took the meaning expression into clothes in such a poetic way, it truly inspires me to continue persevering and to dream of one day, being as great of an artist and as great as craftsman as you are. This show had so much catharsis, and i felt that even though I was not present , i was one with the clothes, the dancer, the models, the music and the crowd. It gave me a different understanding of how clothing shall be looked at, such sentiment of hope for our beloved love of the art of clothing.
          Last edited by negroygris; 06-27-2017, 05:54 PM.
          We hope that people will begin to see beyond the superficial surface of things and understand that there is far more to a design than just the way it looks on the outside.

          -GEOFFREY B. SMALL

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          • Mojo1990
            Member
            • Oct 2015
            • 31

            The instrumental really complimented the image. Brought life and positive vibe ��

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            • Geoffrey B. Small
              Senior Member
              • Nov 2007
              • 618

              GBS "Grow Deep" now in Donna Collezioni magazine

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              Thanks so much negroygris and Mojo1998 for your very kind comments, and to everyone else who made it all possible. Our previous show in Paris "Grow Deep" for the women's A/W2017 collection (also very moving and personal in nature), is now covered in the pages of Donna Collezioni, the industry's leading fashion runway print publication. First deliveries of the women's "Grow Deep" collection are now arriving at Journal Standard Luxe in Japan at Omotesando, Ginza and Umeda stores, Atelier in New York, and Darius and Asita Chegini's new Das Chegini store opening this month in Vienna. With many thanks to everyone,
              Geoffrey & the team



















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              • Geoffrey B. Small
                Senior Member
                • Nov 2007
                • 618



                The new "DAS Chegini" store is quietly building in Vienna on the Hapsburgerstrasse at number 6-8.




                A BOLD NEW STORE TO WATCH IN VIENNA



                I have always believed that distribution is a fundamental part of a designer's job. Great designers have always paid as much attention to how, where and who represents their collections at retail as they do for any key detail, silhouette or design element in their clothes. Any designer doing less than that and leaving that work, decision and aspect of their image to others is a compromiser and needs to be regarded as a different level of practitioner. Distribution is an art in itself. And to be the best, you must treat it very seriously. So when it comes to stores, we can only work with the best in the world. To ensure the very best experience value and service for our customers, we maintain the strictest distribution standards of any designer firm in the industry. We have to. And over the years, our collections have set a new definition of the best retailers in the world that more and more of our colleagues and competitors are clearly paying attention to more and more.


                In our ongoing quest to work with only the most daring, innovative and artistic retail dealers in the world capable of providing that extraordinary experience and level of service that we must insist upon to serve our discerning and valued clientele now and into the future, Darius and Asita Chegini's "DAS Chegini" concept store aims to merge the very best new work in both art & design in a city that is particularly known for both.

                With over three decades in the mysteriously beautiful imperial capital of the Hapsburgs at the heart of the legendary Boutique Chegini family business, the couple who had driven the research and creative side of the firm for 30 years, has recently split with the mother Eva and the remaining Boutique Chegini stores located on the superlux Kohlmarkt street. The rift in the family enterprise came about over classic major directional differences in an increasingly challenging market and economy... whether to retract and limit offerings to big established corporate luxury brands only, or to firmly continue to invest in research and present the very best in avant-garde and artisanal design. Darius, Asita and their daughter Sara, chose the latter. With a new and daring total commitment right smack in the center of Vienna incredibly located right around the corner from the Kohlmarkt street and its Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes flagships, a new potential revolution- in a 400 square meter space on multiple levels is now just opening and being carefully assembled, that merits the attention of not only the coolest and wealthiest residents of Austria, but serious design enthusiasts and collectors at the world level as well.









                One of the softest jackets on the planet: the handmade Piacenza pure Alashan cashmere worsted superlux NNJ10
                dream jacket is one of only 2 pieces made for the world this season, this one exclusively for DAS Chegini in Vienna
                (now arrived), the other is being built for Looq in Zurich (arriving in mid to end September).




                Along with a modest but well-edited introductory selection of superb GBS pieces from the Via Spalato workroom's newest Paris collections for men and women, the store also is carrying work by well-known independents including Maurizio Amadei, Guidi, Elena Dawson, Forme d'Expression, Layer-0, Marc LeBihan, Werkstatt Munchen, P.R. Patterson, and Kuboraum. But it is also showing perhaps somewhat lesser-known collections such as the superb luggage and bag work of Pinel et Pinel from Paris as well as Phaedo, Maison Flaneur, Nehera, Both, Y by Giovanni Cavagna, Da Rold Le Cuir Perdu, Alessandra Marchi, and Austrian young designer Manuel Marte- each being presented with a selection and point of view that is clearly based upon a research-buying master's eye with decades of experience.










                Pages from our handmade storybook for Das Chegini in Vienna showing the incredible new reversible modified M-51 military parka can be worn 2 ways using all black Lanificio Moessmer's classic tyrolean boiled "lanacotto" mountain wool or Gianni Gobbetti's elegant black and red floral rose print silk made for us in Como Italy. Only 4 of these super-pieces are being made for the entire world this season, 2 of them are now arrived at Das Chegini in Vienna, the other 2 pieces projected to arrive in mid-September at Hostem in London.





                The unassuming logo for the new store was created by the superstar artist
                Herbert Brandl (2007 Austrian Pavilion artist at the 52nd Art Biennale in Venice).





                The couple's extensive network in the city also includes serious art, and most of Austria's greatest living artists, including superstar Herbert Brandl who designed the store's unassuming new logo, and Ronald Kodritsch whose tongue in cheek sculptural works can be found positioned around the stores multiple levels... hinting to utilize the space as a new platform for emerging and cutting-edge artworks in combination with cutting-edge design, that may develop and evolve into one of the world's most special, beautiful and innovative new stores, in one of the most culturally-rich cities in the world… quietly building step-by-step now in Vienna right off the Graben and the Josefbrunner statue on the Hapsburgerstrasse 6-8, tel. +43 15322180




                Best wishes,


                Geoffrey & the team

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                • Mojo1990
                  Member
                  • Oct 2015
                  • 31

                  Geoffrey, would it be possible to share with us a glimpse of what you have planned for the next "collection" / theme in menswear next year?

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                  • Geoffrey B. Small
                    Senior Member
                    • Nov 2007
                    • 618

                    "next year" is for next year

                    Originally posted by Mojo1990 View Post
                    Geoffrey, would it be possible to share with us a glimpse of what you have planned for the next "collection" / theme in menswear next year?

                    Soooo sorry Mojo1990, but it is way too early to discuss this, especially on a forum viewed by so much of the industry now. Besides there are so many really important, exciting pieces and works now going out to the stores and in the press for this season at the moment that it is impossible to even be even thinking about "next year." The autumn winter 2017 'secrets | grow deep' season is shaping up to be a landmark one in our 38-year history in many ways. For example, this wonderful article on our work by the editorial staff at leclaireur.com on our new collection delivery and project for their Boissy d'Anglas store (click on the image) with many thanks to everyone at leclaireur in Paris....






                    get french version here


                    or this beautiful image shot Willow Williams in Metal Magazine of the TYJ21special handwoven reversible Tessitura Colombina silk & linen and Como floral satin print silk 1905 reproduction baseball jacket now at Hostem in London. We will write more soon about the phenomenal GBS baseball jacket design series which was also recently shot by superstar Mario Testino for Conde Nast...






                    Or the amazing new SEC06 long coat in Tessitura Colombina's super-tightly batted all hand-woven alpaca and merino wool--an extreme handmade technology masterpiece in a myriad of ways and one of of only 5 pieces made in the entire world this season, now arriving exclusively for all of Europe and North America at Hostem in London (for Asia- preorder or reserve for September in Hong Kong at Ink and October at Eth0s in Shanghai)...








                    And this is only the tip of the iceberg for what is arriving now and in the weeks and months ahead for this season at our exclusive authorized limited edition dealers around the world. Besides, in regards to our creative concentration and priorities at the moment, we are only a month away from putting on our women's SS18 collection and introducing the daring concept of live theater/defile performance in Paris, something that has never been done before in the history of the metier. So, "next year's plans and themes" are for next year. The most exciting work for me to post about is the work the incredible people in this amazing company are doing right now, and for that, as always, you really need to go into the stores we are working with and experience them in person....
                    More soon.
                    Cheers, Geoffrey

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                    • Geoffrey B. Small
                      Senior Member
                      • Nov 2007
                      • 618

                      GBS pieces shot by Mario Testino in British Vogue

                      We have no press agent, we normally avoid publicity and editorial requests, and we have enough to do just keeping up with all of our client demand and orders for our work, and constantly building our human organization, skills, research and extreme hand technologies to stay ahead in the race for innovation and excellence at the Paris avant-garde collections level. As such, we have no press samples, and when media people and stylists ask us to "loan" our Paris prototypes for fashion shoots we always respectfully decline.

                      But last May, when Katie Dufort, the impeccable Assistant to the Creative Director at British Vogue contacted us for a shoot that was being planned by Mario Testino and Lucinda Chambers (Creative Director at British Vogue) for the September 2017 issue, and we realized the people contacting us were real, and were really serious about the project and pieces from our 'secrets' AW17 Paris collection, we decided take a risk and make an exception. At great expense and risk (we were already in production for AW17 and needed the prototypes for the production samples), we sent our prototypes to Vogue House in London where they were to be taken out into the fields of Cornwall and shot by Mario Testino for what we felt might be a major editorial. Big changes were going down at British Vogue. In April, news hit that Editor in Chief Alexandra Shulman was out, and Edward Enninful, the first black editor-in-chief in the history of Conde Nast, was coming in from W in September. The prototype pieces all came back a week later without too much of a hitch, we were told the shoot well, our clothes were used in it, and we thanked Katie and the Vogue UK staff profusely for not losing or damaging any of the prototypes.

                      Then a little bit later, the news that more heads were rolling at British Vogue came out, Lucinda Chambers was ousted after many years as the magazine's creative director. A long-time collaborator with Mario Testino, it was Lucinda Chambers who styled the Cornwall shoot and requested our clothes. The ousting was not smooth and Chambers soon penned a controversial article in Vestoj that got industry-wide publicity and created a huge rift between her, Conde Nast, and a lot of the fashion media industry powers-that-be. At Cavarzere, we suddenly felt like there was a very good chance that the editorial might be snuffed, another victim of battle in the ongoing game of fashion thrones. After not hearing from the magazine for several months, I tried to contact Katie Dufort hoping that as Lucinda Chamber's chief assistant, her position was not changed either, and queryied whether the controversy over the leadership of the magazine had affected the publication plans for the editorial. Thankfully she was still there and able to explain to me that although the new Editor in Chief Edward Enninful was starting his post in September, the September issue was already in the can and in effect, would be the last one published under the old regime-- a historic final edition from Alexandra Shulman and Lucinda Chambers... with our work from Cavarzere somehow in it as well, beautifully photographed by Mario Testino. Wow, sometimes you can get lucky. With many thanks and appreciation to everyone we provide a rundown of the coverage below, Cheers Geoffrey & the team








































                      see the video here














































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                      • Faust
                        kitsch killer
                        • Sep 2006
                        • 37852

                        Geoffrey, congratulations on the British Vogue spread!

                        This Friday, we will be co-hosting an event for Geoffrey at Atelier New York, which now has the exclusive on Geoffrey's menswear in the USA and womenswear on the East Coast. More info here



                        Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

                        StyleZeitgeist Magazine

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                        • Geoffrey B. Small
                          Senior Member
                          • Nov 2007
                          • 618

                          thank you... the SEK06 is now arriving in HK

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                          A big thank you to SZ, Atelier NY and everyone who came by for last Friday's event in New York.


                          Now let's take a brief look at a piece of our work in another great city on the other side of the world…









                          The hand-signed and numbered SEK06 cardigan vest in Italy at the GBS via Spalato workrooms at Cavarzere Venezia prior to shipment. The special piece features the first-in-the-world circular knit handstitch pocket technique from our ‘secrets’ collection research combined with our legendary extreme hand made recycle vintage cashmere & wool exterior and Como exclusive striped viscose lining story (Tessitura Mauri for GBS) patchwork assemblies. Over six hours of extensive handstitched detailing and finishing work and 8 hours of painstaking hand dye work are also involved in its creation, along with an exquisite handmade button story composition using pieces made for us in Padova (olive wood) and Parma (horn by Fontana) . One of 6 collector’s item pieces made for the entire world--
















                          the SEK06 on the ‘secrets’ AW17 men’s runway in Paris...





                          ...part of the spectacular handmade patchwork knitwear collection being created, and now
                          arriving this season for the very first time exclusively at Ink in Hong Kong. Experience this
                          wonderful piece in person (real touch-real time) and many others, when you are in HK
                          (Causeway Bay 2/F Hyde Park Mansion, 53 Paterson St, 1pm - midnight tel 28082381).


                          Cheers, Geoffrey & the team



                          Coming Up Next: a word or two about our newest and most ambitious Paris presentation yet…





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                          • Geoffrey B. Small
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                            • Nov 2007
                            • 618

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                            Geoffrey B. Small introduces theatre/defile in Paris for the very first time



                            Can three ladies talking on a city bench at rush hour suddenly
                            come to symbolize a world spinning out of control?

                            And what does that have anything to do with fashion these days?

                            IN our ongoing commitment to human performance, artistic expression, and the environmental catastrophe we now all face due to the failure of a ruling class so out of touch with the reality of our humanity, that they are now racing to eliminate it, including a fashion and textile industry which has recently been exposed to have already contaminated virtually all of the world's public drinking and sea water with plastic microfibre particles from its massive use of polyester and synthetic materials… "Come and Go" will introduce the first live theatre performance ever done for a Paris fashion runway presentation, as well as the most advanced extreme handmade clothing technologies and concepts for women from our world-renowned via Spalato workrooms at Cavarzere Venezia, all enhanced with an amazing master performance based upon the play by Samuel Beckett directed by Brad C. Sisk starring Sara Lazzaro, Melissa Purnell, and Jenni Lea-Jones. We believe it will be a revolutionarily human, emotional and touching event during the fashion week, and we truly hope that some of you reading this can be there.





                            Geoffrey B. Small will introduce theatre/defile in Paris for the very first time with an amazing
                            master performance based upon the play by Samuel Beckett directed by Brad C. Sisk
                            starring Sara Lazzaro, Melissa Purnell, and Jenni Lea-Jones. We believe it will be a
                            revolutionarily human, emotional and touching event during the fashion week.





                            So why merge live theatre with a Paris defile?


                            THERE are many reasons far too many to list, but perhaps the best one may be because we are living in a world where the very existence of our species is now being put to question. The very hopelessness that Beckett came to define is now a real phenomenon among the vast majority of human beings. It is becoming a part of our existence. We humans can't seem to do anything about anything anymore. Fabled democracies are no longer democracies at all. Our vote. Our civil liberties. Our so-called human rights, are nothing but a memory, or worse, a lie and a delusion. Our lives, planet, and destinies are being manipulated and controlled by a ruling class that is committed to perpetual war, contamination of our environment, slavery and human misery, unprecedented deception, chaos and division, and the premise that they can escape and protect themselves from the calamity that their actions and leadership are driving us all into. Hell on earth is coming for us. But not them. They will continue to survive and prosper, the rest of us are expendable.

                            A nuclear war or confrontation is now on the table and in the open discussion of the mass media of the world. The world's most powerful economy and military power is now a mutually dependent single-bonded entity feeding on itself and everything else around it in its constant need to grow ever more larger with no end in sight. Mounting and ever-more shocking examples of nature's immense power to destroy all of us and reshape the entire planet as we know it are taking place everyday along with the mounting millions of human victims as result. From the plastic contamination of all of the world's water, to the melting of the world's permafrost releasing oceans of methane into the air, and glaciers and arctic ice deepening the warming of the oceans and raising them at the same time, to the apocalyptic droughts and massive forest fires turning carbon sinks into carbon sources, to those bigger and bigger storms- one after the other- hitting us everywhere and releasing mountains of chemical and radioactive contaminants as they begin to smash our feeble and hastily designed infrastructure- which is now based so foolishly on all these toxins, and the hundreds and hundreds of species now going into extinction as biospheres and systems get increasingly messed up from all these massive changes… the world is changing right before our very eyes.

                            We were warned about this. We are all concerned about this. But our leaders and those who control the strings of our civilization, and have known where things have been going to, have done nothing- except get in the way at every step of the process. What have they done? They have used their media from television to the internet to smart phones to confuse us, scare us, and divert our attention to a threat and an enemy that is always changing but is never them. They are investing unprecedented resources to be able to live without us, and if necessary to defend themselves against us, even eliminate us, once we really realize what has been going down all along. Throughout the entire western world now, local police are now armed to the teeth and national armies are being prepared for domestic deployments against their own countrymen, but the madness doesn't stop there. The end of mass employment is now on the very near horizon as Artificial Intelligence (A/I) is being rolled out into our societies at a breathtaking pace and the perpetrators of these technologies are knowingly aware of the appalling results to humanity that will result from it that will shake our civilization to its very core as a result. Between mass unemployment, mass dislocation from global warming disasters and the next perpetual war that comes to a neighborhood near you, the world will continue to spin into ever unbelievable chaos and misery… and those who are causing it and profiting from it, will need increasingly armed force to protect them from their own citizens who they have abandoned and abused so much.





                            Now is the time to look at Beckett and his work as the world spirals into more and more chaos
                            and increasingly bizarre and insane leaders spouting off at the mouth reinforce the idea that
                            the individual normal person is being increasingly left out on his own with nobody to depend upon,



                            So while we have discussed Joseph Bueys here on SZ
                            especially on this thread, now is the time to look at Beckett



                            SAMUEL Beckett was one of the great avant-gardists of the 20th century, like most of us in our game, he had to go to Paris to make it in his game as well. And while he was perhaps one of the most influential writers during his lifetime, like Orwell, it is today in 2017, where his bleak, minimalist, views of human existence, helplessness and inability to change destiny from destitution is now becoming the reality and the future for most of the human world. The inability to control the world, let alone survive in it anymore, its ominous future, and the growing focus on poverty, failure, exile and loss- as Beckett put it, on man as a 'non-knower' and as a 'non-can-er is becoming more and more prescient. The systematic extinction of democracy, freedom of the press, expression, movement, civil and economic liberties, any form of security and safety, and even privacy, grows unabated everywhere. The bombardment of images of police abuse, refugees, terrorist attacks, and increasingly bizarre and insane leaders spouting off at the mouth continues to reinforce the idea that the individual normal person is being increasingly left out on his own with nobody to depend upon, especially those who have been entrusted with the responsibilities of keeping the public safe, secure and better-off with them than without them. And when it comes to a global fashion and textile industry that has singlehandedly contaminated the entire world's drinking and sea water with plastic petrochemical micro-toxins, kept a 6th of the world's population working in slavery, stolen another 6th of the population's money and jobs by selling them garbage made of plastics at all price points to the rafters, and brainwashed generations of humans into merrily going along and paying their money for this road to hell… there is clearly a lot to answer for. As fashion mirrors the society in which it finds itself in, Beckett's non-knowers and non can-ers know no end. Indeed, today, they are everywhere.

                            "Come and Go" has been called Beckett's most perfect play. A masterpiece of his pioneering minimalist style, it is said that he agonized over each individual line until they perfectly hit a vision he had in his mind. A vision that portrays a story of time, human relations, and some calamitous event, or perhaps many.

                            Beckett knew how transient everything was becoming. And isn't that what fashion is? Everything truly is so "come and go" these days... especially in this digital and virtual age of fakery and vapidity. But like the new GBS limited edition collection showing with it, the play is an essentialist work based on real skill and truth. Only exactly what needs to be there is in it. No more no less. And therein lies its beauty and power. So little can indeed evoke so much.









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                            • Geoffrey B. Small
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                              Brad Sisk has been inspiring and driving pivotal live performances behind our past three Paris campaign presentations (Secrets, Grow Deep and 100) which have pushed our use of live performance of opera and classical music in our shows to new levels. This time, he will direct the first theatrical play presentation ever done in a Paris defile. What's different with this rendition of the work is that it's all based on craftsmanship, acting craftsmanship-- inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, but not copying it- instead coming from his new group's western acting foundations and gradually finding a way into the play's own truth within. The result is a revolutionary new stylization of a theatrical piece of hyper-essentialist quality… which for people that go to GBS for exceptional craft and technique, has that element in the show itself.






                              Mirroring Beckett's hyper-essentialist play, the accompanying GBS collection for women will be based on our most advanced, extreme and concentrated craftmanship. Here previewed from the new collection, the hand dyed Tessitura La Colombina's latest handwoven cotton wool fabric masterpiece, combines with Ezio Ghiringhelli's pacman jacquard weave lining cloth all superbly bound finished with an exquisite jacquard weave cloth binding tape made exclusively for us near Milan.




                              LIKE our world-class tailoring and design team, Sisk has meticulously assembled a cast of serious acting masters for this special historic fashion presentation after having seen each of the 3 actress's work then having extensive discussions about their approaches to craft and technique., Sara Lazzaro, cast member of HBO/Canal's The Young Pope TV series and the star of SKY's "The Young Messiah" comes from the Meisner school of acting. Jenni Lea Jones comes from the classically trained Shakespearean British acting school another technique which adds a different dimension, and Melissa Purnell, fantastic opera singer who is Stanislovsky-trained comes from the opera world -- so for her, performance is all about craft and technique. Sisk purposefully combined the three distinct approaches to make them create three stylized nuances despite the repetitive nature of the script as written by Beckett.

                              The result will be a radically new way to do Beckett and to do theatre. And it will create a new experience and version of the play that is very sensitive to how Beckett is alive to these traditions. Beckett knew theatre very intimately and he was inspired by it. For example, the hats and faces in shadows of 'come and go' relate to the masks of the ancient Noh, the way they walk and move as well, and how he takes these great traditions of human acting and performance based on centuries and generations of culture and skills, and made them something new and avant-garde for the 20th century is identical to what we are doing in our design work with clothing today. For that reason, we will combine live theatre with a collection presentation in Paris next Saturday for the very first time in the history of both métiers. And in total defiance, we will spit in the face of artificial intelligence, e-commerce, automation, plastics, slavery, de-skilling, de-humanization, unsustainability and this approach to fashion in all of its ugly forms.






                              Beautiful handsewn buttonhole in pure Bozzolo Milano silk thread on Luigi Parisotto's gorgeous new
                              "Siena Geo" linen and cotton textured stripe with sand-blasted white horn buttons by Claudia and
                              Cinzia Fontana and pure silk floral print raso satin from Como all created for us exclusively for the
                              new GBS "come and go" women's collection now being completed in our workrooms.




                              BECAUSE unlike the Amazoner cricca's view and approach… we believe in the human being. We believe in the soul. We believe in beauty. And so for years, our expression on Paris runway has been about the human emotion and the human experience as the priority above all else. Chanel's rocket-ships or Rick's brutalist enormism spaces are big-spending spectacles that certainly carve out pieces in the fashion show circus viewers mind, but we are taking a different route- focusing on the inner person, the human emotion, the truth and the heart, as being equally memorable, and valid. It mirrors the kind of clothes we create and the vibe that goes through each and every one of our pieces. Those who own and know our clothes may understand what I am talking about. It is a connection of spirit and trust and service to each other. It is the foundation of how our species built its civilization over the past 10,000 years. And it is going to be the only thing that will have even a prayer of saving our race from what is coming in- the short few years ahead. Human being to human being. Reaching out to each other. And working together and doing whatever it takes to solve the problems and challenges that now threaten our very survival and future on this planet. "Can we not hold hands like we used to do" is the line in Beckett's play. In fact, we must do exactly that if we are going to go on at all. The phrase "come and go" intimates a temporary presence in a physical place. How long that temporary presence lasts now depends on us.





                              New silhouette: our radical new handmade shoulder pads using cashmere batting will launch a new
                              look on the runway and a new standard in padded shoulder constructed jackets worldwide. Here on
                              the new Fratelli Piacenza 1733 Emotions super 150's 16-micron wool supersuit jacket for women from
                              the new collection being presented in Paris on Saturday.




                              A very special and historic presentation that combines fashion and theatre for the first time on a Paris runway will focus on the masterful skills, passion and excellence of everyone who has been involved in this extremely ambitious and yes, risky endeavor of art, craft and expression. An essentialist performance of a theatrical masterpiece dressed and surrounded by a masterpiece women's collection that is equally essentialist in its beauty, clarity and undeniable quality.

                              On Saturday night, fashion will truly become theatre, and theatre will become fashion, and a new form of the Art will be born... dedicated to the power of human beings to work together with passion and begin to turn the world around.

                              We hope to see some you there and share this historic experience and artistic moment together.


                              With many thanks to everyone.
                              Best wishes,


                              Geoffrey






                              La Colombina 18th century wooden loom hand woven cotton and wool, with hand dyed
                              Corozo-nut button made for us in Bergamo and jacquard trim from Milan...






                              Beautiful handsewn working buttonholes in pure Bozzolo silk on sleeve cuff made with L. Parisotto's
                              new superlight silk and cotton shirting suit fabric and Fontana's impeccable real horn buttons from
                              the new collection...






                              Stunning combination of Fratelli Piazenza super 150's birdseye hand dyed navy superlux wool suiting,
                              with Ezio Ghiringhelli's gorgeous jacquard weave viscose lining and hand tea dyed Como pure silk
                              raso satin floral print, and exquisite hand sewn button work in silk Bozzolo threads with Italian real
                              mother-of-pearl buttons from Bergamo all coming together in our world-famous Sartoria workrooms
                              at Cavarzere, Venezia in Italy.







                              To ensure the intimacy and human connection of the presentation, only 80 places have been made
                              available for the show. Due to the extreme intensity of the creation of the collection and logistical
                              complexity of the double-metier event, our invitation work is running behind. If you normally receive
                              an invitation to our shows, and have not heard from us, please contact Lionel Cisinski as soon as
                              possible if you wish to attend the show: fashiontherapy@free.fr



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                              • zero25mg
                                Junior Member
                                • Nov 2008
                                • 8

                                I absolutely adore that circular pocket knit piece!
                                Its intriguing to see how Geoffrey B Small pieces evolve,,,I have the recycled knit circular cardigan piece and can see how it is used as a Lego block to build this new SEK06 piece. All the inventions and methods that he creates are stocked up in Geoffrey's tool box and you never know when it will be combined with something else to create something completely new. Every collection, every year, every garment trying to do something new, something better...Like a top tier athlete trying to battle against himself....Honestly I dont (and Can not be obviously) want to be Geoffrey B Small,,,its too much hard work and no time to rest (LOL).

                                On a different note, I agree that the leading class have all but forgotten the meaning of "Noblesse oblige". Still within the smiles of children and the beauty that adults like yourself create, there is hope. We all know deep down that it is purity and not greed that we long for, it is happiness and not money that we seek

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