Martine Rose strayed from the norm in this predominantly black, white and grey spring/summer collection , only with a few splashes of colour present. With the final collection being showcased as a static presentation it tied in well with her inspiration for this seasons looks. Martine decided to explore the various ways in which personal spaces are decorated and how well they represent a person and their style. Visitors wandered through the doors to be greeted by a single model gracing a quirky blonde wig, dressed in one of the collection looks, teamed with two rails gracing the designers spring looks for next year.
Some particularly eye-catching pieces include the plain tee with a collaged print that appeared to have been taped onto the front as well as the beautifully made, leather jacket in burgundy and similar work shirts in a variety of shades, all sporting a frill embellishment. There is a big play on sportswear this season with the footballer style, black shorts and the MA-1 bomber, although signature pieces like these have been modified slightly with a fun, lace frill along the seams. We see the designers journey of exploration into what we as a society deem acceptable in terms of menswear as well as her clever attempt at playing with these expectations and pushing limits where some might hesitate to do so.
As the designer celebrates her 5th year as an independent label, the public and press have been given the opportunity to embrace this fascinating collection and appreciate the detail, craft and time spent creating a Martine Rose piece.
Illustrations : Josh Bristow © CHASSEUR MAGAZINE