In all the Marianne Fassler collections I have seen on the runway, I have never felt disappointed by a single collection. A stalwart of the South African Fashion industry, and a brand that has a clear established aesthetic and identity.
Outrightly, it’s eclectic and often quite Afro-bohemian and for that reason on a personal level, it’s a clash against my own style. But I have to say I have found myself more intrigued with the brand season after season.
What I love: the consistent and ever present Vintage military print refashioned for today
The new collection, first seen on the runway at last months AFI, Mercedes benz Jo’burg fashion week, ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ explores as this look book shows current global issues like border crossing, migration, globalization and disenfranchisement.
This has manifested into a range that crosses inter disciplinary borders where design and craft meet art.
Most of the prints have been originated by the design team, and are reminiscent of paper cutouts and collage which is both playful and naive, providing some relief or a welcomed escape from the harsh realities of the world.
The disruption element comes across in the use of print, mix of texture and silhouette. Especially take note of hemlines.It is meant to jolt the eye, perhaps to awaken to the central question, where have all the flowers gone?
In a world that is shifting so quickly, and most days doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense, the juxtaposition of military and flowers in the collection is perhaps reflective of where we are in the world and the choices at hand.
All look book images in gallery below…
Photographer: Paul Samuels
Art Direction: Lezanne Viviers, Rich Fumani Mnisi
Stylist: Rich Fumani
Models:Bianca Abigail Smit, Huawa Dauda, Julia Otobo, Jenyo Johnson
Leopardfrock team and assistants
For more information, www.mariannefassler.co.za, ; @mariannefasslerofficial ;@leopardfrock; @lezanneviviers
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