Sunday, 21 September 2008
The Runway Sniper #18
Antonio Marras Menswear Spring Summer 2009
It has been brought to my attention that Club 21 mens will be bringing in a new label into their brand portfolio in lieu of the recent absence of several brands in their store. (Brands like DSquared2 and Paul And Joe are no longer among the offerings in Club 21 Mens. DSquared2 is going to get their own boutique in Singapore with a new retailer while Paul and Joe is simply not doing well in sales.) Apparently, my SA told me that Club 21 being the forerunner of Singapore's fashion retail scene, who is constantly on the lookout for new and interesting brands to offer to the fashionites of urban Singapore, will bring in Antonio Marras Menswear for Spring Summer 2009 season. Good news for us! We will have another new label to 'toy' around our dress up game here in sunny tiny Singapore!
I have not paid attention to Antonio Marras before. I have heard about him because he was the creative director at Kenzo womenswear. As for his own namesake label, not much exposure has been given, except on some runway looks magazine like Gap Press Men. But usually a single page feature. I have never detected what a gem of a designer he is! I check up on his Spring Summer 2009 offerings and am duly surprised at how wearable and quirky his designs were. Check out those school boy looks with cute shorts, vests and exceptionally fun brooches with a sartorial appeal. The clothes featured a wrinkled and washed treatment that somehow injects a certain nostalgic quality. These pieces feel like they came out of your family's treasure trove. I love the elegance and yet nonchalant mood the looks conveyed. Somehow I feel time transported to early 1900s. Beyond the clothes, the colour blocking style on the bags with muted colour tones are also very appealing. They look vintage especially with a touch of scarf tied onto the handles:-) Beautiful.
This is going to be one label I will be on the lookout for next season.