Paolina Russo

Canadian designer Paolina Russo’s namesake label is a rose-tinted supercut of her suburban upbringing; she taps into a familiar nostalgia for the boredom, uncertainty, and naiveté of growing up. Memories of youth sports teams and DIY arts-and-crafts projects inform both the aesthetic and assembly of Russo’s avant-garde garments—she stitches together a medley of upcycled and unconventional materials in jarring color combinations, returning to the playful brashness of adolescence. Russo’s experimentation with textiles began in her hometown of Markham, Ontario, where she repurposed old sporting equipment from the local community, hand-crocheting the material into wearable collages reminiscent of corsetry. Since completing a BA at Central Saint Martins and receiving the lauded L’Oreal Professional Young Talent Award, her practice has been increasingly defined by considered craftsmanship and innovation in textile development. Employing the hand-knit technique illusion knitting, Russo developed her signature lenticular fabric that mimics the illusory effect of holographic images. Blending her roots in craft technique with contemporary production methods, Paolina Russo demonstrates the enduring presence of childhood into adulthood.

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Check Illusion Knit Mini Dress

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Check Illusion Knit Mini Dress

$970

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Yellow & Red Illusion Knit Cropped Bustier Tank Top

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Yellow & Red Illusion Knit Cropped Bustier Tank Top

$380

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Cropped Bustier Tank Top

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Cropped Bustier Tank Top

$380

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Yellow & White Check Illusion Knit Mini Dress

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Yellow & White Check Illusion Knit Mini Dress

$970

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Yellow & White Illusion Knit Miniskirt

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Yellow & White Illusion Knit Miniskirt

$490

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Green & Pink Check Illusion Knit Cycling Shorts

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Green & Pink Check Illusion Knit Cycling Shorts

$505

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive White & Grey Check Illusion Knit Cycling Shorts

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive White & Grey Check Illusion Knit Cycling Shorts

$505

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Farfalla Pencil Skirt

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Farfalla Pencil Skirt

$760

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Check Illusion Knit Cycling Turtleneck

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Check Illusion Knit Cycling Turtleneck

$640

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive White & Black Check Illusion Knit Cycling Turtleneck

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive White & Black Check Illusion Knit Cycling Turtleneck

$465

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Bullseye Bustier Tank Top

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Bullseye Bustier Tank Top

$505

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive White & Grey Illusion Knit Bullseye Bustier Tank Top

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive White & Grey Illusion Knit Bullseye Bustier Tank Top

$505

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Multicolor Football Bag

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Multicolor Football Bag

$1425

Paolina Russo - SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Bullseye Leggings

Paolina Russo

SSENSE Exclusive Pink & Green Illusion Knit Bullseye Leggings

$625