PFW AW21: Marine Serre

MARINE Serre’s AW21 offering is described as a “collection born from a moment of reflection”. It is presented via snapshots of daily life: relationships, living rooms and back gardens in which Marine Serre-clad figures live out their lives. The collection’s title, Core, renders the pieces as the result of the grounding experiences that we have all undergone through lockdown.

It is imagined “as a love letter to all who are feeling lost in a world of isolation”, for, “This year we found strength in our roots and imagination as a force for transformation.”

Serre produced her collection with discarded textile fragments and regenerated fabrics made from recycled fibres, saying, “This last year has been difficult for everyone, but there is no longer any question about it, things must be done differently. We want to bring Ecofuturism to the streets.”

The result is a collection that speaks of rebirth; it bubbles up from this place of used textiles and domestic settings, and becomes a celebration of the innovative silhouettes and exciting layering of pattern and texture that we have come to expect from Serre.

Tartan, leather and printed silks were woven into ensembles alongside Serre’s now iconic crescent moon print, popularised by Beyoncé, among others. The skin-tight, sporty pieces that characterised Marine Serre SS21 are layered with skirts, trousers, two pieces and flowing reclaimed textiles: glorious and edgy at once.

Her pieces are sleekly tailored, but have an ease nonetheless. Women wear dresses and men sport suits, but the pieces don’t seem constrained by this binary. Instead, haphazardly layered and perfectly balanced, they serve to unite street and catwalk.

by Connie de Pelet

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