Starting this season, Y/PROJECT is merging men’s and women’s wear into one unified collection presented twice a year during Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
Y/PROJECT CHALLENGES THE STATUS QUO
Creative Director Glenn Martens unveils for Autumn-Winter 2021 a virtual runway show set in utter darkness where models walk to an opera soundtrack. Marking the brand’s evolution to an established house in the Parisian fashion landscape, AW21 is Y/PROJECT’s largest, most ambitious collection to date.
This new season is a lesson in blurring the lines of the ordinary and challenging the accepted norms of garment making.
Silhouettes twist and twirl, creating sinuous curves that seem to be frozen in time. A metallic wire directly integrated into the fabric, an innovative design concept first explored for AW17, turns pants, skirts, dresses or jackets into an opportunity for playfulness and versatility. This new iteration of Martens’ disruptive signature aesthetic is prolonged into a new line of must-have malleable bags – clutch, tote bag and shoulder bag.
Necklines are multiplied, transfiguring classic pieces into modular must-haves, from coat and jacket to sweaters and tank tops. This design feature brings a baroque feel to familiar pieces.
Double-layered pieces are another example of mind-bending designs: shirts and shirt dresses are doubled with an extra buttoned layer of fabric which can be styled in manifold ways, from formal to fully deconstructed, allowing maximal expression of individuality.
While continuing the effusive and versatile silhouettes the label is known for, this season Glenn Martens is creating perfectly readable yet bold concepts running consistently through the collection.