Isola by Ania Kuczynska

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Amada mia amore mio, uh! ah !
Amada mia amore mio, uh! ah!
Amada mia amore! la la la la la – la la la la la

Julia Struzycka, Ania Kuczynska‘s brand manager, commented on my Instagram photo, “floating all day in a turquoise Capri sea”. It’s a precise description of how I felt, when I saw the spring-summer revamp of my favourite Polish designer’s boutique on Mokotowska street in Warsaw. Indeed, the blue velvet curtain made me dream of an Italian summer, scented with lemons and limoncello. And that was Kuczysnka’s aim behind her summer collection, entitled Isola. Sentimental about her days as a fashion student in Rome and her wonderful island vacays, it’s a fact that Ania loves Italy, Italian design and Italian people. As she said in the latest Zwykle Zycie issue, “maybe that’s why I feel good in Italy. Good taste and Italians’ fantasy, present in design and in cuisine, are close to my heart“. The moodboard behind Isola is filled with vintage pictures of Jackie Kennedy and Rudolf Valentino, photographed by paparazzi on Capri in the 70s. Well-tailored, white pants and shirt with shoulder-exposing cuts – a perfect choice for a breezy day in Portofino, or at least, a very warm, summer day in Warsaw. Then we’ve got a line of care-free dresses kept in a monochrome colour palette, which is Ania’s consistent choice if you look at her previous collections and capsules. The accessories of Isola ooze with vibrancy, though – gold hoop earrings and handcrafted wooden bangles are coated with wax fabric from Senegal. A quite nod to the current migration problem and the beauty of cultural nomadism, or rather a simpler message – the joy of wearing colourful bracelets on a beach?

See some of the look-book polaroids shot by Karol Grygoruk below, and the full collection here.

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And a song, with a very Italian dedication…

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