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Marios Schwab

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PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Ever the conceptual artist, spring found Marios Schwab exploring the past, present and future of fashion, interpreting each era through silhouettes and materials.  Each ensemble exhibited a striking play of proportion, somehow seamlessly mixing Greco-Roman drapery, boxy shapes from the Medieval Age, Victorian bustles and peplums, and the dropped waists of the Roaring Twenties.   The future was envisioned with razor-sharp pleats and polished tailoring.  Schwab skillfully kept his message from being too literal through subtle detailing, like armor-inspired top-stitched darts, and a whisper-light mix of gauzy organzas, shiny charmeuse, crinkled linen, bronze chainmail-like metallic mesh, and clear plastic vinyl.  Although cerebral exercise for the designer, the concept resulted in many wearable pieces scattered throughout — the notched lapel bandeau, draped mid-calf skirts, and sheer button-up shirts all looked distinctly “now”, firmly rooted in the present.

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