Marée Noire

With innovative concepts and distinctive branding, Marine Serre has come to be known as the young Parisian brand on the tip of everyone’s tongue during the past few seasons. For her latest SS20 show the designer shifted her focus towards the pressing issue of climate change with a collection titled Marée Noire ( ‘translated Black Tide or Oil Spill’ ) . Staged on the outskirts of Paris, the show envisioned a world post apocalypse where only a few had survived the catastrophic effects of climate change and mass extinction. As a result , much of the collection was made using several sustainable methods and materials.

PVC trench coats were crafted from plastic bottles, black leather and latex pieces stamped with her signature crescent logo were made from a selection of curtains & shawls were sewn from old nightgowns, crochet tablecloths, deadstock and knitted shawls. The predominant colour being black help set the mood for the possibilities of a grim future but were complemented by earthy nudes, white, reds and blues . Acid wash denim was stamped with the designer’s signature logo and fashioned in mini skirts and cardigans, and draping played a major role with a series of multi-fabric draped dresses adding hints of elegance. Of course a Marine Serre show would not have been complete without the designer’s iconic all over crescent print catsuit, reimagined in red and black and offered in several other colours for production. The accessories were equally on theme of up cycling with shell pendant necklaces , hardware belts, reusable water bottle holders and ball purses. Serre’s gloomy yet satirical portrayal of fashion post the effects of climate change, is both a trendy proposal to sustainability while being a constant reminder of the hazards which we’ll face sans drastic changes.