…Your Greek is always beautiful and musical.
But now we want all of your craftsmanship.
Into a foreign tongue our pain and love are passing.
Pour your Egyptian feeling into a foreign tongue.
Raphael, your verses should be written
so that they have, you know, something of our lives within them,
so that the rhythm and every phrasing makes it clear
that an Alexandrian is writing of an Alexandrian…
A deep-rooted appreciation of history as a reflexion of timeless values, existential nostalgia and uninhibited as well as a thoroughly satisfying sense of eroticism.
These are the prominent themes embedded in C. P. Cavafy’s verse. As one of the most distinguished Greek poets of the 20th century, Cavafy was instrumental in
the revival and recognition of the country’s poetry tradition, drawing inspiration from the Hellenistic era and mythology. He crafted sentences filled with
intimate evocations of real or literary figures and places that have played roles in Greek culture. Yet, despite his love of the country’s history and
culture, it was Alexandria in Egypt, where Cavafy was born and lived most of his life, that features most extensively in work. This mythical city, believed
to have been founded by Alexander the Great as a link between Egypt and Greece, is also the lyrical setting for this Zeus+Dione fall/winter 2019 collection
that takes its clues from the literary work of this elusive creative. Much like Cavafy’s poetry, and indeed Alexandria, the collection is a meeting point of
rich Greek and Egyptian tradition that has been intertwined for centuries. Woven deep in the philosophy of Zeus+Dione, Greek heritage
materializes in elements such as the white, black and deep cherry linen fabrics embroidered motifs inspired by costumes from Attiki and Tanagra as
well as in the signature textured spathoto silk that comes this season in bi-color brown and khaki as well as in intense berry. Egyptian influences translate
into subtle touches such as the flower motifs printed on silk, reminiscent of ancient imagery. Pyjama-styles, shawl collars, fine velvets in honey and
petrol blue, as well as lush corduroy, suggest dreamy exoticism, which was the prevailing aesthetic movement during the turn of the last century
and also a major influence in Cavafy’s work. The color world is a perfect combination of Greek and Egyptian influences with golden green, petrol blue,
rich khaki, intense berry and gold dominating the palette along with the Zeus+Dione trademark combination of ivory and black.