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Mother Nature has a big say in Antonio Marras’s I’M Isola Marras collection. For Autumn/ Winter 11, the setting was autumn leaves fallen from trees and cosy knits and prints befitting the season. For Spring/ Summer 13, Marras showed outside against an ivy leaf backdrop. Fortunately everything went with green, in a rich, fruity palette of berry, fuchsia, mint, lemon and hot red applied on block coloured skirts and set in lines bordering cross-hatch prints. The photographic floral prints on breton striped tops and panelled trousers looked like they were actually growing out of the ivy, which any horticulturalist or normal person will know is impossible, but the effect was beautiful. Mixing up the floral with animal print, black and white lilies were set side by side with black and white leopard print. Some looks were styled with a short-sleeved khaki safari jacket, providing a sort of self-referential camouflage, while cowboy boots, explorer sunglasses and practical headscarves added the man-made element. Expert in the art of colour clash, Marras’s collection was a song to Nature, and as pretty and poetic as She!
Text: Sarah Raphael
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