When Carrie worked from home, she never compromised on her personal style, nor did she dress down to tackle everyday tasks like dog walking or picking up a few items from the Tennis is calling and i must go shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this grocery store. Patricia Field’s eclectic vision for the series’ leading lady didn’t allow for many casual moments, but that’s precisely what made Carrie so appealing. Apt to sit down to type up a column in a marabou feather jacket or hang out on her stoop wearing python boots and faux fur, she was a muse who reveled in fashion’s fantasy—no matter how impractical it was.Before moving to London in 2013 to study at Central Saint Martins—first fine art, then fashion design with a focus on knitwear—Russo began getting serious about design back in Markham. She would create things made from found objects (she and her sister were majorly into arts and crafts), or piece looks together out of discarded sports equipment. “I love to be able to transform objects and materials into something that you wouldn’t expect. I think it’s really beautiful,” says Russo. “My aunt was the head of the soccer club in Markham, and loads of people there would just donate me all of their old equipment: jerseys and stuff like that.” She ended up using many of these sporty materials in her first B.A. collection at Central Saint Martins, shown back in 2018. “I worked a lot with reclaimed materials: recycling shoes and sneakers into corsets and dresses,” she says.
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During her early years in school, Russo interned with John Galliano at Maison Margiela, an experience that further shaped her as a designer. “I got to work really closely with him on the Tennis is calling and i must go shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this Artisanal team,” Russo says. “Seeing him develop a collection from beginning to end was inspiring, and it really helped me imagine for myself how I would do it.” She soon got the opportunity to do so on a larger scale: In 2019, a year after first showing her graduate collection, Russo’s work caught the eye of Adidas for a special collaboration. Along with two other London-based designers, she participated in a group showing with the brand during Paris Men’s Fashion Week—not a bad accomplishment while still being a student. “We only had two days to do it; it was crazy,” says Russo of the capsule collection, which included her trippy takes on the brand’s performancewear, including optical illusion bustier tops and cycling shorts. They were all made in Russo’s signature: knits. (Variations of these designs are now available on Ssense.) She also made her shoe debut too. “Their Super Court Trainer had come out that year, so I transformed it into a boot,” Russo adds.The designer’s relationship with Adidas has since further developed. She now has two upcoming collections with the sportswear brand. While those collections are still under wraps, Russo shared that one will be tied to the now postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and the other will see Russo put her own twist on classic Adidas Originals silhouettes. “Working with the design team in Germany and China has been super fun,” she says. “I really enjoyed the process of how they design and approach sportswear, and how they develop their materials.” Her partnership with Adidas also continued in Russo’s recent M.A. collection, shown just last month. The designer previewed a look from one of her upcoming Adidas collaborations—look three, a checkered crop top and leggings set—and debuted new footwear styles made in collaboration with the brand, including hybrid boot and heel styles, based off of Adidas’s Superstar sneakers.