ZEUS+DIONE celebrated its 10th anniversary with an unforgettable catwalk show at a stunning location, set against the Silos Ietioneias Coast in Piraeus. The backdrop for this monumental event was none other than the awe-inspiring maritime monument, “Hellas Liberty,” creating a breathtaking atmosphere that left spectators in awe. With 300 attendees representing various corners of the globe, the energy was palpable as they witnessed the unveiling of the Resort ’24 collection. The collection showcased during the event not only paid tribute to the unparalleled artistry of Greek artisans but also reinforced the brand’s unwavering commitment to craftsmanship—a defining element of its DNA. ZEUS+DIONE’s journey over the past decade has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence, creating timeless pieces that embody the beauty and spirit of Greece.
In a captivating runway adorned with shimmering copper sheets, models graced the stage, adorned in the visionary designs of ZEUS+DIONE’s artistic director, Marios Schwab. Each garment transported us to a pulsating realm, where the rich legacy of Greek artisans seamlessly merged with the spirit of the modern world. From the depths of Kalymnos’ sponge divers to the skilled hands of Syrrako’s master tailors, the collection unveiled Greece’s mosaic of profound craftsmanship. Impeccably tailored trousers, sleeves thoughtfully rolled, and hats steeped in symbolism emerged as a true embodiment of each artisan’s essence. Jumpsuits and pinstriped tailoring paid homage to Greece’s legendary outdoor photographers and the barbers draped in pristine white aprons. These garments, akin to exquisite prose, whispered the untold stories of their wearers.
Every piece in ZEUS+DIONE’s collection unfolded as a tapestry of narratives, revealing the profound connections between craftsmanship and cultural heritage. The garments acted as conduits, seamlessly bridging the gap between past and present, inviting guests to immerse themselves in Greece’s enchanting history.
As Athens continues to be the driving force behind ZEUS+DIONE’s creative vision, the city’s influence radiates throughout the collection, showcasing the brand’s deep connection to its birthplace. Blending seamlessly with esteemed Athenian purveyors of refinement like Christakis – Gentlemen’s Tailors and Bespoke Athens, artistic director Marios Schwab masterfully transformed the iconic Spathoto silk. This exclusive fabric, painstakingly produced for ZEUS+DIONE in Soufli by the Silk Line – Mouhtaridis S.A. was skillfully crafted into impeccably tailored, gender-inclusive creations.
Conjuring the vibrant energy of coppersmith workshops in Piraeus and Northern Greece, copper emerged as a powerful leitmotif, adorning the collection with its lustrous hardware and infusing the color palette. Fuchsia, International Klein Blue, and the timeless interplay of black and white took on new dimensions when interwoven with copper’s radiance. Khaki, embellished with golden threads, captured the essence of rustic elegance, while silver-metallic notes added a touch of modernity. The patina’s verdant hues revealed the ever-evolving journey of copper, reflecting its metamorphosis over time.
In a tribute to the black-veiled female figures that grace the Greek landscape, ZEUS+DIONE’s women’s collection emerges as a melodic sigh, interweaving resilient spirits and concealed narratives through the discerning lens of Marios Schwab. Drawing inspiration from the enigmatic personas of Michael Cacoyannis’ widow in “Zorba the Greek,” the somber beauty of Marina in “The Girl in Black,” and the indomitable Madalena of Finos Film productions, the designs resonate with purpose, harboring untold secrets.
For men, the collection unfolds against the backdrop of Greece’s resplendent metamorphosis during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Echoes of poetry, harmonies of rebetiko music, and whispers of architectural marvels converge to create a resounding symphony. From the introspective verses of Ritsos and Elytis to the echoes of modernist architectural pioneers like Pikionis and Konstantinidis, the collection captures the essence of Greece’s “Golden Era.”
The Mykonian fisherman’s cap, artisanal embroideries sourced from Aristides Tzonevrakis’ atelier in Argos, and the purity of Spetses’ white Capri pants effortlessly synchronize. Classic black thick-framed glasses emerge as an ode to visionary poets George Seferis and C.P. Cavafy. Neoprene wearables, pleated and sculpted from sportswear techno-fabrics, challenge conventions by transforming into sublime evening ensembles. In a creative alliance with Design House MINAS by Prometheus, metallic embellishments reminiscent of fishing sinkers gracefully adorn the body, invoking the aestheticism of sponge divers. Collaborating with Ancient Greek Sandals, ZEUS+DIONE presents sandals and rubber boots that embrace timeless craftsmanship.