LABEL TO WATCH – KASTNER PALLAVICINO
Simple question, short answer: throw on a pair of high-waisted trousers and a silk Kastner Pallavicino body suit. Oh hell, just only wear that body suit!The two friends Helena Kastner and Virginia Cosentini Pallavicino are bringing back one of 80’s most loved fashion pieces – the body. And it is here to stay!
With a backpack full of experiences (amongst others, Helena worked with Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi!) and a common passion for quality and elegance, they have launched Kastner Pallavicino in 2015. Since then it is their mission to create the perfect alternative to any blouse or top. A very sexy one that is!
Meet two passionate, determined and equally beautiful fashion entrepreneurs.
Because Helena and Virginia design handmade staple pieces made out of the finest fabrics (just think silk and velvet) for you to own, wear, and feel sexy in. Get as many as you can – you will need them!
WTL: Which three words sum up what KASTNER PALLAVICINO stands for?
KP: MIND THE BODY.
WTL: How would you describe the signature of your work?
KP: The signature of our work is the product itself – the body suit. We decided to focus on it as it accentuates the female body.
WTL: How was your brand born?
KP: The concept of our brand was born in 2014, when we were discussing about what was “in fashion” at that period. We thought about what always goes well with high-waisted pants, and the body suit was the answer. Also, to create a line of bodies specifically intended to be an alternative to a blouse or top.
WTL: What is your vision for the label?
KP: The vision and aim of our brand is to bring the body suit back. We designed a collection of bodies and to complete the beauty of the silhouette also created a pair of high-wasted trousers – making it the perfect blend of elegance and comfort.
WTL: What kind of woman is wearing your bodies?
KP: Every kind of woman can wear our pieces, it only depends on how you style them. You can wear them with jeans or a long skirt, so age doesn’t really matter.
WTL: In a dream world, whom do you want to see wearing your bodies?
KP: We would love to see Jane Birkin in our bodies!
WTL: Do you have a style icon or muse?
KP: One of our muses is Virna Lisi, an Italian actress.
WTL: Do you have any rituals when designing?
KP: We don’t have rituals while we design, I guess that when we get inspired we start designing. We do not have any deadlines to meet, since our collection is seasonless.
WTL: Who is responsible for doing what at KASTNER PALLAVICINO?
KP / Helena: We take care together of the designs, but when it comes to speaking with tailors and choosing fabrics, I am in charge. Virginia: And I take care of social media.
WTL: Virginia, you grew up between Rome, London and Switzerland. How do these different cultures and countries influence your work?
KP: I was born and raised in Rome. The city’s artistic environment has always been something I looked up to. In Great Britain and Switzerland, two very different countries, I have learned about the differences in cultures and how they can blend together easily.
WTL: Where do you feel home the most?
KP: I feel most at home in Rome – Rome is home.
WTL: Helena, can you please tell us a bit about your time with Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi?
KP: He was the biggest inspiration in fashion for elegance and innovation.
WTL: How did you two bring it all together? What was the “starting point”?
KP: The starting point was at the Hotel Locarno while having a drink. We had to attend a party the day after and discussed about what to wear – we wanted something fresh and new. To cut a long story short, we decided to make it ourselves!
WTL: What was the best advice someone ever gave you?
KP: The best advice? If there was a best advice it came out of a bottle of Champagne, not from someone.
WTL: How would you describe your personal styles?
KP: Our personal style is very simple: high-waisted jeans with moccasins or AllStars during the day, and high-waisted pants at night with a body and heels, of course.
WTL: What style advice would you give?
KP: The only style advice we can give is that one should always wear what makes them feel good about themselves, and sometimes dare.
WTL: If you could shop anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
KP: Online probably covers the entire globe, and you can be wherever you want, so go and shop on our website www.kastner-pallavicino.com.
WTL: How important is social media for you?
KP: Instagram has helped us a lot, and social media as a whole is a very helpful tool.
WTL: What do you like to do when you are not designing?
KP / Helena: when we are not designing, I love to kite surf. Virginia: I love to read.
WTL: What’s your happiness secret?
KP: Do what makes you happy, and if you cannot finish what you have started, there is always tomorrow.
WTL: What is your favorite dish?
KP: Our favorite dish is very bizarre, its an Italian vegetable… PUNTARELLE!!!
WTL: What is your secret beauty and health regime?
KP: We wish we knew…
WTL: We could not live without….
WTL: What was the last book you read (and liked)?
KP / Virginia: EMBERS by Sandor Marai. Helena: ARTIFICIAL PARADISE by Aldous Huxley.
WTL: Which movie would you watch again and why?
KP / Virginia: Meet Joe Black. Helena: Amores Perros.
WTL: What is your favorite restaurant, bar and club?
KP: Restaurant: Pierluigi in Rome. Bar: Loos Bar in Vienna. Club: Greengo in Gstaad.
WTL: If you could leave us with one thought, what would it be?
KP: We can think of two…