Multi award winning designer, Mary Martin London showcased at this year’s edition of Africa Fashion Week London and stunned her audience with a new menswear collection titled “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”, inspired by 400 years slave anniversary.
“Africa Fashion Week London is the largest and longest running, culturally diverse fashion and trade exhibition in Europe. Since its creation in 2011, AFWL has left a legacy showcasing 900 designers, in front of an audience of more than 70,000 attendees, and represented more than 50 countries with 30 of them being African”.
This is the first time Mary Martin was showcasing menswear at the prestigious event, and it was absolutely amazing. She felt pretty much emotional to reminisce about the slavery which happened 400 years ago. “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 all new print inspired collection was 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”.
She displayed her craft at Africa Fashion Week London 2019; on Saturday, 10th August around 5pm at Freemasons’ wall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5 AZ, UK. Essentially, the ready-to-wear couture had whatever it takes to make a fashion statement, the details were breathtaking. Uber cool bomber jackets, pocket blazers, shirts, pants and so much more. See the fabulous style images below!
Designer: Mary Marain London
Photography: Monika Schaible