CAMILLA AND MARC Fall 18 explores the worlds of Pre and Post Excess; Seventies maximalism and nineties minimalism collide to create a collection that celebrates beauty in diametric opposites.
The collection honors the brand’s essence by leading with masculine, nineties-inspired tailoring in wide pinstripes, tweeds and Prince of Wales checks and adds depth with nostalgic, feminine materials, silhouettes and finishes. We took the 80s, a time of great excess, and referenced the moments before and after, explains co-founder Camilla Freeman-Topper. It is the mood of these moments that influenced the collection, and we found the most beautiful clash when referencing both eras at once.
Seventies styling details abound through flared silhouettes, extruded necklines and lapels, track suiting, Polo necks and ring pull closures. Volume is at a maximum: wide-leg trousers are cut with vents for ease of movement, blazers are informed by nineties styles in boxy, double-breasted forms or in long-line silhouettes; bias-cut satin dresses are styled with boyfriend-fit outerwear; chiffon styles fall far from the body in sunray-pleated circle skirts and undulating hemlines that blossom with vintage florals and in the spirit of grunge deconstruction, the trench is re-imagined in skirting.
The theme pushes house boundaries, moving traditionally clean and minimal styles into soft, sensual, feminine forms. Ruffles and fine details are realised in luxurious, light poplins, diaphanous chiffons, textured georgette and Dentelle lace.
Looking to nature’s journey from bud to breakdown as a conduit, the collection interprets the loud, creative spirit of the seventies against the stripped-back, raw nineties to inform a palette that mirror’s flora’s exquisite decay: tobacco, sage, gold lurex, fuschia and Persian purple accent class white, red, navy, black and Belgian grey.