Spring Summer 2020
ioannes’ fourth collection, developed and documented at the brands studio in Paris’ 11th arrondissement on Boulevard Voltaire is adopting an encyclopaedic approach, designer Johannes Boehl Cronau takes stock of his archive, bringing together an eclectic mix of garments, each an archetypical interpretation of the brand’s codes, while proposing a a more process oriented approach, in which mark making and the artistic gesture are the focus of creation.
Sun bleached yellow or grey tight fitted curvilinear jersey dresses are ranging from mini to midi lengths. The prints are taken from a stylised Japanese cherry blossom woodcut print and applied through a semi artisanal process that gives each piece a unique unreproducible design. Riffing on underground club styling, improvised tops formed from spliced tights are reinterpreted in a sheer technical rib knit, while the brands iconic double slip dresses and cardigan in an electric blue are shortened to a mini length making it easier to be worn as a top as well. All knits and slip dresses feature a new handmade closure that is reminiscent of the brands first two letters and function as an internal reference to the brand itself; “io”.
A collection of slip dresses in different lengths and layers ranging from pale pink satin, pistachio georgette and pale yellow cotton, feature multi style options through ties and tunnels. The semi sheer green feather boa slip dress is inspired by a deconstructed showgirl dress and can be worn as open back top or tied slip dress.
The sleek silhouette is protected by a selection of enveloping coats and bomber jackets. Influenced by of Lucio Fontanas’ slice paintings, a double closure in the front allows the pieces to be worn in multiple ways. The nylon pieces are permanently creased, even the mini skirts and shirts show hard permanent creases, underlining a refined playfulness inherent to the brand and giving the pieces an almost archival appeal.
Photography: Nathalie Ghanem-Latour
Styling: Alessia Vanini