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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Antonio Marras Spring 2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Words - Bobby Mozumder, Photos courtesy of Antonio Marras

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Antonio Marras' Spring 2014 collection looks to tales of antiquity for inspiration. With quotes from Ovid's Metamorpheses dotting the show notes, the collection recalls an era of soft, woodland romanticism, filled with forests and flowers. There's a very organic, earthy tone here, even with the abstract Cubist prints, and it's that layering of detail that keeps the collection interesting throughout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The following excerpts from the show notes provide more information about the collection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Balanced chaos, perfect disorder. Matter that changes and plays with shapes and volumes. Rules overturned, unstably solid balances. Imperfect, discordant, excessive. Complete, limpid, regular. Rules respected yet broken. Clothes like leaves on which the times of change and mutation leave their mark.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Caban jackets, jackets and blouses, only seemingly austere, reveal excrescences as if plates of armor had grown on the back as protection and a shield. Tops, tunics, and skirts with apparently different shapes are similar and contiguous. Sisters. Daughters. Each born from the modification of the other. Colors reflect and evoke the dawn, fog, and glistening dew drops. Powder pink, penicillin yellow, ash gray, dusty blue, swamp green, and fairytale pink. Luxurious embroidery, wild threads, transparencies, layering, perforated patent leather motifs, butterfly wings of cloth and chiffon, precious stones and grosgrain ribbon, lace, dentelle lace, Chantilly lace, and ruching alternate on different materials. Radzimir organza with oversized motifs of flowers embedded in stripes and dots (that recall dreamy and familiar worlds). Olympian landscapes bursting with vibrant shapes and colors. Ecru and black intertwining, blending and clashing. A blend of mesh, silver leather, fil coupe, satin, floral brocade, striped tapestry fabric, silk duchesse, cotton jacquard, and tulle on tulle.