Arriving into the dark warehouse space from a bright sunny Milan took some while for my eyes to adjust.. The effect was like stepping into a different era, especially when I made out that the catwalk was strewn with girls sitting down under a hairdryer leafing through magazines ..
Antonio Marras’ SS17 collection is inspired by an extraordinary moment in African history, and the photographs of the man who documented it - Malick Sibidè. In the evening Marras organised a collection of portraits showcasing Malick Sabide's portraits ( he passed away this year) curated by Laura Incardona and Laura Serani.
Known as the famous "eye of Bamako", Sibidè recorded the 1960’s after Mali and 17 other African states had won their independence.
The images show young people dancing the twist and rock and roll in the new clubs wearing both Western clothes and elegant traditional dress.
In this men and womenswear collection Marras uses numerous diverse fabrics and materials, from embroidered white cotton,silver black jacquard, lacquered linen and cotton gingham, to applications with raffia flowers and sequins and fringe trimmings.
Transparencies, overlays and layers create texture, movement and depth, while silhouettes fluctuate between skimpy and tight fittingwaists and bodices to more voluminousfull skirt and fluid lines
Colours range from powder pinks, mauves, greens, khaki and denim. Gold, bronze and silver metallic alongside more natural tones, and of course black and white throughout as well as touches of the 'Marras'red..
The finale was stupendous and unexpected as throwing away their salon capes the girls from Daha events joined by their partners went into some seriously hot jiving moves truly a world of rythm.