It's pretty safe to say that I'm always fighting my "Little House on the Prairie" weakness.
Wether wearing it or sleeping under it, patchwork holds a special place in my heart. Safe to say this was absolutely not the inspiration jumping off point for the wonderful Antonio Marras Resort 2017 collection.
For him, it came in the creative collision of a book of black-and-white pictures by the French master lensman Jacques Henri Lartigue and a pair of vintage 19th-century Chinese papier-mâché vases he found in a Shanghai flea market!
“Fusions, contrasts, synergies, culture clashes, warped clusters—I love all of that,”
Marras said in Milan, surrounded by temporary aerial geometries of suspended ropes that provided an interesting backdrop for the Resort lookbook. The installation had a rough yet poetic quality that was mirrored in the clothes. Whimsical prints of birds and peonies were mixed with nautical stripes or Provençal florals—often living happily side by side in the same outfit.
But for me the stand out pieces had to be the utility parkas encrusted with macramé appliqués and embroideries. So so good. Send three please. One for Queen Michelle and I and our lovely friend Sandra...