Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Antonio Marras draws sartorial inspiration from a different region or culture each season, and for spring, against a backdrop of a gold foil sun, the designer transported Paris to the Sahara. The designer smartly only alluded to the theme, which seems to be a popular one for the season, mixing North African harem pants and safari suits with asymmetrical draped knits, tee-shaped tunics, pointelle bloomers, and bronze gilded blazers and hot pants. All were in earth tones and shades of cool oasis blues configured into plaids, resist-wax block prints, and a burn-out camouflage knit. An obi-like configuration of menswear scarves, upholstery rope, and jeweled appliqués cinched the waist for a touch of Japanese influence. The foil sun finally burst into a rain of gold confetti, signaling the hottest time of the day, as models walked out in billowing tunics and harem pants in color blocks of juicy pastels to protect against the sweltering heat. The overall collection had an international feel that captured the spirit of Kenzo and put the perfect cap on fashion month, turning the fever pitch of the season into a Zen-like calm.
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