STONE ISLAND SHADOW takes life with the Autumn Winter ‘008 - ‘009 collection as a discourse between STONE ISLAND Creative Director Carlo Rivetti and the design team of Michaela Sachenbacher and Errolson Hugh, also known as ACRONYM®. As a platform for exploration, the SHADOW project rapidly evolved into a system-based program for a new generation of urban men’s apparel. Thanks to Stone Island’s incredible historical archive, and its unparalleled forward development resources, ACRONYM® sought to conceive a project according to their strong technical and performance based roots. The result is a unique and unprecedented fusion. A fresh and intelligent new light cast upon the timeless interplay of form and function. The name of the project - SHADOW - underlines the intimate relationship and interaction between this work and the full body of the STONE ISLAND collection.
Above and beyond mere seasonal collections, STONE ISLAND SHADOW is primarily a system based upon the idea of clothing as a man’s interface with, or enabler within, his environment. The PARSEQ GRID is the organizational framework upon which this idea is built. The name PARSEQ (pronounced [pahr-sek]) is an acronym for the 5 categories of the system: PROOF, AUGMENT, RESIST, SKIN, and EQUIP. It denotes not only the syntax of the system, but also the idea of resolution into component parts (parsing from linguistics and computer science), as well as a forward looking and a long-term perspective (a parsec or parallax second being a unit of measurement equal to 3.26 light-years or about 30.8 trillion km).
Proven functional principals from both military and active sportswear allow individual items in the collection to work both alone and, most effectively, synergistically together. The PARSEQ GRID is independent of seasonal and aesthetic change. This means that there is functional continuity between all SHADOW collections and items, regardless of when they were produced and/or purchased. Each item is an investment in and an extension of its owner’s personal system.