Lauded as the new generation of talent to emerge from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Glenn Martens will launch his debut collection during the AW12/13 Paris Fashion Week.
Martens’ primary source of inspiration for this first collection is taken from his hometown of Bruges. This lost Neo-Gothic medieval metropolis colors the collection’s mood with a certain dualism, a mysterious undercurrent of macabre beauty, a nostalgic dream.
Fascinated with reinterpretations of an existing entity, the city’s Gothic architecture surfaces throughout the collection. An innovative use of paneling is manifested through élongée of wool trousers, tweed skirts and coats creating a two-dimensional ‘façade’ while highlighting the silhouette with a flattering form-fitting look from behind.