Posted in Archive, on November 02, 2015
Following his tenure as C.P. Company's Creative Director between 2001-2009, Alessandro Pungetti handed over the reigns to Scottish designer Wallace Faulds, which C.P. Company's President of the time, Carlo Rivetti, described as "a move towards the evolution of the brand".
Faulds was a graduate of Kingston University's School of Fashion in London, who honed his skills at Burberry and Studio Griffin before joining John Galliano where he had been Head Designer of the menswear line from 2005-2009. When joining C.P. Company he commented that "this is going to be an adventure as much as a challenge. I feel very excited and positive about the future."
Following his appointment, Rivetti spoke of how Faulds was asked "not to focus on radical changes, but on the strengthening of archetypes." In doing so, he took a more relaxed approach to sportswear, and his debut collection for SS '10 (above and below) appropriately reflected this new philosophy. He cited his main inspirations as "touch, colour, and proportions", choosing to use a runway show to present the collection for the first time in C.P. Company's history since the Berlin Exhibition of 1987.
Using tonal varieties of blue and pairing them with crisp neutral colours, Faulds was able to develop a collection that was received with acclaim from the industry. His focus on relaxed silhouettes in the form of rolled trousers created looks that were effortless and subtle. Jackets were created with wax coating in lightweight functional designs, coats were manufactured from high quality linens and jeans were produced in featherweight denim.
In its second season under Wallace Fauld's creative direction, C.P. Company continued to present innovative fabrics with even more compelling styling. For AW '10 (above and below), Fauld's inspiration was city dwellers taking a trip to the country; the influence of both urban and suburban environments merged perfectly in combinations of rustic tartans, marled sweaters, and quilted vests produced with technical fabrics.
A rich autumnal palette of mustard, burgundy, forest green, tobacco, grape, moss and rust was one of the strongest and most diverse in C.P. Company's history. One of the key pieces from the collection was a utility version of a toggle coat and leather bomber jacket lined in sherpa; the layering of product was fundamental to the presentation of the collection during its runway show. The themes that featured throughout Wallace Faulds' tenure as C.P. Company's Head Designer have continued to influence its current design team in the years since and in producing their latest collections.