AMSTERDAM AS AN INSPIRATION FOR MANILA GRACE SS19 COLLECTION
The fascination, uniqueness and dynamism of Amsterdam become the setting for Manila Grace’s next glamorous adventure. A place where fashion breathes among contrasts and electric contaminations, rhyming with energy and meditation, rigour and irreverence, expressing a daring woman who is always ready to explore new journeys, choose new perspectives and find new and testing directions.
Bright lights, bright colours and an aquatic urban mood carry you through a labyrinth of canals flanked by ancient palaces, fashion boutiques and fashionable cafés offering glimpses of bold and cosmopolitan interior design. Every scenic surprise of this city mixes old and new, openness and intimacy, working a welcoming spell that stimulates the Canal Cruise inspiration. Focus on ample trench coats and lengthy striped jackets planned to frame clothes featuring the floral ‘Amstel’ print, generating lively mix’n’match-type interplays. Polka dots – authentic brand glyphs – come in micro and macro sizes on fluid asymmetric dresses, also in daring total looks. Trousers come in cropped bootcut lengths, skirts are midi. Practical and highly versatile sweatshirts add a more informal touch, while floral placed prints add a relaxed easy-glam vibe. Glossy looks in midi skirts, laminated dresses and pants to go with floral prints or else with fluid slipped-fit stretch-fabric trenches that are as colourful and practical as dressing-gowns.
The most secretive aspects of Amsterdam, revealing surprising beauties in unusual colours, plants and perfumes… inspiring the Secret Garden theme. Here too, like similar melodies in a different key, contrasts and superimposed styles, prints and shapes work another spell. The most casual garments are mixed with the most chic, creating a bohemian mood. Cargo pants combine with perfectly structured elegant shirts. Leather or faux leather adds a touch of rock to any look, as in the crinkle jacket, great with patchwork print garments. The versatility of cotton and linen is exploited in garments with straight-line cuts that change their fitting through the addition of stylistic detailing such as cords and frogging, which highlight shapes. The palette features colour blocks of interacting warmth, such as amber and honey. This inevitably connects with geometric patterns such as the check effects of jacket and trouser suits or gingham patterns on lightweight floaty dresses and skirts.
The kaleidoscopic world of avant-garde museums and art galleries, alive with eclecticism and eccentricity, inspires the Art Gallery theme, where original interweaves between colours, shapes and fabrics offer unexpected twists. Shades of red seep into classic striped or floral prints, or else stage an unlikely appearance in the cult Zandam print. Checks assert themselves in tartan on dresses, blouses and skirts, worn with trench coats or gingham-print jackets in original outfits. Then there are the irresistible plush sweatshirts, also available in extra-long versions… worn as shortish dresses or else with floppy pants or midi skirts. The collection is rounded off by jacquard garments embellished by ultra-versatile lurex embroidery: these become even more interesting and original when broken up by denim or a T-shirt, and worn in unpredictable everyday settings.