What is it like to watch a runway session in a basement kinda place, having models walking like a live tornado under experimental electric music. My first encounter with Mashama is a head-to-toe black leather look along with a rainbow hair. It struck me as being very candid, tender and darkly poetic at the same time.
As models land on the runway, I just couldn't help myself taking a deep breath to pluck myself into a contre-culture territory. This collection shows an underground world in a very extensive way in which we saw a lots of synthesised elements, such as music, fabrics, weird attitude on model's face and defining artificial rainbow hair color, which are amazingly fun and intriguing and emphasise that powerful underground world.
Sub-culture is widely regarded as one of the most inspirational source for countless contemporary fashion designers, even though there were certain trends got booed off stage all the time, it still sends out enormous original and influential signals, which help designers producing really tasty fashion flavor and allow them document it in a very creative way. Designers make a portrait of what seemed to be an interesting and hidden subject to make a visual statement to complement the responsibilities they have for the fashion world by absorbing the idea from a multitude of aspect of the culture.
Although I'am quite an open-minded person, I still get shocked from time to time by the audacity and extremes of this underground world, fortunately this collection constructs each outfit with a good sense of aesthetic regardless of what their origine is.
The appearance of each mannequin represents an independent individual that we could see inside specific communities, they are with sometimes pensive, mysterious aura, but also playful, relaxed body expressions. During the catwalk we have being granted access to the specific and pivotal moment of this underground world. Alongside this electrically dark vibe of this venue, their choice of fabrics such as PVC, cachemire, medal, cuir, denim creates an balanced collective interaction with the whole sub-culture concept which titillates and excites the whole audience. It's not hard to tell a redolent of Alexander Macqueen's provocative attitude.
By its very nature Fashion is some sorte of personal expression and often seen as a solitary pursuit, a designer is seen as a auteur of a book, they create lasting stories by sketching out their own outlines.
Mashama's Collection C encapsulates the hidden and unbeknownst world as a whole, which is characterised by its youthful verve, powerful construction as well as sensibility of individuality in the vein of the designer. She unleashes a new era of femininity with her ultimate modernist rather than conservative fluttering silhouette.
Over the course of the show, we have been putting on a swing, and it got pumped higher and higher until it culminate in the end of the show when all the model go down on the runway at the same time, I said to myself -- we are about to get a big bang!
If i ever went to a church, that should be for a curious visit, it never should be for a fashion show, a bloody love story of COPPÉLIA PIQUE, a modern interpretation of an unrequited love myth.
That rainy night, I almost lost in Marais until my phone told me that I was right in front of the gate of Église Saint Merri where host one of my favorite show of the season:). The moment when I entered the grand hall, all the photographes already arrived and were complaining about Paris's cold fresh air . I picked up a place in the right middle among them and waiting until music begins.......
I cast my lens on those holy creatures, whose faced covered under a tinge of gold, as they embark onto the runway the whole space got illuminated. If you follow their last seasons' runway show, today's show is definitely a coming-of-age kinda of collection, along with the music, the movement of the models, the story behind the creation, which gives the show a pretty liberating and mature vibe.
Today's show is a clear exploration of cut and superimpositions of fabric, asymmetries of forms and mixtures of different materials. A profond and complexe story-telling of the whole life cycle of the persona, from her birth to teenage then go through being a real woman, ultimately turn into a dragon, the deified figure.
The spirit of transformation, from a woman to a dragon and into a divinity, is radiantly depicted by the changed high contrast color palette. This collection shows how a relationship create between clothes and their origine in those incredible painting like saint michael and the dragon, francesca da rimini and paolo malatesta. Sometime I feel conflicted about certain religion or mythological themes, when they try too hard and turn the collection into a monk mood, which is a little bit daunting.
During the show, each model embodies an independent figure of the story, they were not just showing a look, they embrace the whole concept, alongside with other elements which have led the show becoming a looming religion ceremony.
The evolving silhouettes offer boundless possibilities for audience, which allows us diving into the entire universe of the story, and I didn't feel dictated by the designer's vision, my own interpretations were made in a very fluid way with the presence of each character.
Which excited me the most of the show is seeing that the designer working across all kinds of materials, from precious fabrics like satin, silk, mousseline, velvet, wool to sportswear tissus, which created a fleeting freedom between the clothes and model's body.
By the moment when the last model disappeared on the runway, I got totally amazed by this wonderfully orchestrated show, which gives me a lot more than I expected, there is just no raison not to wander what their future collection holds!
If must give tonight's show an one word description, that should be thought-provoking. Each look shows a different thought and perception. In this modern world, self-identity between androgyny and femininity might be scary and confused some times, as long as you follow your path, you have nothing to fear.
Here, to accompany all those magnificent looks, please tune on this bloody romantic Baudelaire poetry.
La mort des amants
Nous aurons des lits pleins d'odeurs légères,
Des divans profonds comme des tombeaux,
Et d'étranges fleurs sur des étagères,
Ecloses pour nous sous des cieux plus beaux.
Usant à l'envi leurs chaleurs dernières,
Nos deux coeurs seront deux vastes flambeaux,
Qui réfléchiront leurs doubles lumières
Dans nos deux esprits, ces miroirs jumeaux.
Un soir fait de rose et de bleu mystique,
Nous échangerons un éclair unique,
Comme un long sanglot, tout chargé d'adieux ;
Et plus tard un Ange, entr'ouvrant les portes,
Viendra ranimer, fidèle et joyeux,
Les miroirs ternis et les flammes mortes.