Charlie Engman and fashion label Collina Strada collaborated on the creation of their 2020 resort collection.
Charlie Engman and Collina Strada’s founder Hillary Taymour met 10 years ago through Craigslist when Charlie answered a posting for an internship that Hillary needed filled at her studio. Charlie’s interest in photography expanded into fashion photography during this experience, as he started shooting the brand’s lookbooks. Over the past decade, Charlie and Hillary have remained aligned on their aesthetics and their values. The 2020 resort collection, named Radical Transparency, comes from the continuous effort of Collina Strada to be environmentally sustainable and responsible. As part of this ethos, Collina Strada has historically worked with deadstock materials when designing collections, utilizing fabric that would otherwise be thrown out. Solutions for clothing waste and recycling of materials is a cause that Charlie has worked on various projects on, and is deeply invested in. Some of Radical Transparency’s designs include photographs of Charlie’s, as well as prints constructed from his photographs. The collection uses some text as well, and is an attempt to lay bare the ecosystem of interweaving personal, professional, private, and public personas that we all inhabit, and the responsibility those various roles necessarily entail. Hillary and Charlie have worked from Charlie’s studio in Brooklyn to put the final touches on the collection, and to shoot the lookbook which features several models, including Charlie’s mother Kathleen McCain Engman, up-and-coming singer Zsela, and Synphanie Mojica, a 15yr old that Charlie has been collaborating with for the last four years.
The collection will be shown in Paris at 247 Showroom from June 20 to June 28.
Collina Strada is available at Essence, Browns, Harvey Nichols LNCC, and Totokaelo among other locations.
Photography by Charlie Engman. All clothes by Collina Strada with Charlie Engman.