Monday, September 21, 2009

marcus constable- spring/summer 2010

to celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of london fashion week, houses such as burberry, jonathan saunders, antonio berardi and matthew williamson all decided to honour the occasion by returning to london for the silver jubilee. the return of these highly recognizable designers have caused a great deal of excitement and received massive media attention. marcus constable, a central saint martins graduate who returned to london after a ten year absence might not have gotten the same amount of attention as christopher bailey or matthew williamson but he delivered a collection that was so precise in its execution that was more successful than some of the returning expats. there is an architectural element in constable's design that has traceable references to claude montana. the iconic french designer who constable worked for early in his career. unlike montana who preferred a stricter form, constable has a more rhythmic feel with the curved lines, his choice in fabrication and how he manipulates the materials to drape a certain way. with london in an especially jubilant mood where bright colours and computer generated graphics have been key trends, constable was a refreshing palette cleanser where the colours were more muted, the presentation more serene and with a minimalist sensibility with just the right amount of experimentation to give it that electric surge that made it so exciting. when he graduated ten years ago there was a lot of interest that surrounded the designer but he waited until the moment felt right to launch a label under his own name. and if there is one intangible trait that can make a designer successful is intuition. marcus constable seems to posses that exact quality.


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