This year’s edition of Africa Fashion Week London promises to be epic and savvy, nothing short of “a modern African cultural experience”. Multi award winning designer, Mary Martin London is set to rock the runway in style, she is ready to showcase and stun her audience with an entirely new menswear collection titled “Blood, sweat, and tears”, inspired by 400 years slave anniversary.
As a matter of fact, this is the first time she’s showcasing menswear at the prestigious event, and it’s absolutely amazing. Mary Martin feels pretty much emotional to reminisce about the slavery which happened 400 years ago meanwhile she believes it’s done with a touch of inspiration. “For my ancestors, without them I wouldn’t be here to tell the story, it’s a salute”; she said.
Mary has challenged herself to a menswear collection; she narrated, “I got a bit bored with women’s clothing. I needed a challenge relating to the slave trade so I modernised the look”. In essence, the painful experience of the slave trade, the pain from the screen prints are “slave in the trees” look.
The signature of mary’s brand has always been creativity, attention to details and craftmanship, as seen in her womenswear designs. Quite surprisingly, her ability to shift, and redefine her focus on menswear is the highlight of her career. Actually, it’s one of her best collections to date! The stunning pieces are for the classic men who do not just want to fit in but stand out, who has unparalleled affection for the black African history with a modern twist.
In real terms, the all new print inspired collection is aestethic, Mary created her own print, she’s African decent so she created MML eccentric slave in the trees print fabric to use in the designing process. Asked whether she’ll do men and womenswear, henceforth she said “I often create women’s wear so this is an extention of my designs”. Essentially, the ready-to-wear couture has whatever it takes to make a fashion statement, the details are breathtaking. Uber cool bomber jackets, pocket blazers, shirts, pants and so much more.
Make a date with Mary Martin at Africa Fashion Week London 2019; on Saturday, 10th August around 5pm to see it for yourself by sitting in and watching the show. The venue is Freemasons’ wall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5 AZ, UK.