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Palm Angels Spring 2023 Ready-to-Wear Collection

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Francesco Ragazzi titled this collection Welcome To Miami, delivering an irresistible prompt to drop Will Smith in the intro: you ask how I know I have to plead the fifth.

Palm Angels made his mark selling Ragazzi’s underdog, a Made in Italy aesthetic approximation of Californian skate-luxe on a global scale, but as he observed on a Zoom, he’s as much a sucker for charms Miami neon as the Fresh Prince. In turn, Miami itself has embraced a healthy dose of Italian design sensibility over the years: primarily the signature Memphis Milano that continues to act as a signpost for Florida flesh 40 years later.

There were plenty of brash pastels and angular Memphis shapes, mostly in the background, from a collection that carefully and overwhelmingly avoided obvious Grand Theft Auto and Tony Montana references. Instead, Ragazzi used his photographer’s eye to piece together a series of character studies in clothing via oversized minimalist tailoring, carefully rendered workwear pastiches, and inevitable kitsch (because when in Miami.. .) shop for tourists. Shark print pants, a Miami Vice-ish print jersey dress, pastel palm tree totes, terrycloth hoodies and excellent jelly shoes with spaghetti straps were all part of this elevated off-duty aesthetic. . Especially meta-Miami were the coins printed with watermarked vintage photographs, money, a terrified face (which escaped the reverse lookup), and a starry muscle ship offshore.

Ragazzi said: “As a passionate photographer, somewhere between committed amateur and semi-professional, Getty Images represents the very essence of that passion. This archive, covering editorial, historical, vintage, everything, is incredible. So I approached them for a collaboration. We wanted to tell part of Miami’s story through their archival footage, and it was important to me to keep those watermarks – like an imprint for the collection – because…”

“Because Getty photos get stolen and posted on social media all the time?”

“Exactly!”

Another nod to digital was evident in the Palm Angels trademark inverted waistband of his khaki shorts, a remix of the TikTok trend to twist Dickies from skate staple to hip statement piece. Ragazzi’s latest was a sweet remix of portable codes enriched by this ode to the alchemy of Magic City.