May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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MAID AND MISTRESS
Milan: Whether paying tribute to John Keats or his mother, Antonio Marras always has a romantic inspiration behind his collections. This season, Jean Genet’s 1947 play “The Maids” provided the narrative. While the plot involves two maids who dress up as their mistress and act out killing her, Marras’ collection took on a decidedly less sinister turn. The interplay between classes provided a vehicle for him to explore his ladylike-with-a-twist aesthetic. Pretty and prim as they were, every ensemble has some kind of quirk – a mismatched panel of micro-pleated chiffon, a plasticized fluorescent lacquer, a makeshift obi, bondage-y straps. The elements added up to a collection that successfully riffed on bourgeois dress codes. To drive home the point, Marras ended the show with a series of casual separates patched together out of kitschy printed aprons. The humble wardrobe held just as much appeal and, perhaps, even more charm than the mistress’ clothes – further establishing Marras as a true champion of the underdog. – Nivara Xaykao
Silhouette: Relaxed hourglass
Color: Seafoam / Teal / Hot pink / Violet / Scarlet
Key Items: Scuba tee / Corset top / Peplum top / Pajama matched set / Trench coat dress / Collage dress / Kimono jacket / High-waisted bikini with bondage top
Print + Pattern: Smudged watercolor florals / Wallpaper ditsies / Leopard and cheetah spots
Materials: Chiffon / Charmeuse / Lacquered sweater knits / Crepe de chine / Calico
Details + Trim: Accordion pleats / Lace appliqués
Accessories + Footwear: Marabou-trimmed pumps / Envelope clutch
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