In Marianne Fassler’s new ‘Concrete Flower’ Winter 2018 collection, soft silhouettes grow out of hard, linear graphics, taking the designer’s signature use of colour and pattern into an architectural direction that we can’t get enough of. Speaking to House and Leisure, Fassler took us behind the scenes of her design process, explaining the studio’s continued passion for the symbolism behind the iconic ‘China’ shopping bag.
‘We have been exploring graphic elements and more specifically how they present themselves within the African context. We started working with the ‘China bag’ element already in 2013, but took it much further in subsequent collections. In summer, we translated it into chiffon and this season we are introducing fabrics sourced in Morocco – and obviously Kenyan fabrics as well,’ Fassler explained.
‘We are constantly questioning, looking, travelling, and engaging with art, performance and music,’ – Marianne Fassler
The gingham of the plastic shopping bags gets new life when it is reinvented as embroidery – another key to the studio’s design philosophy. ‘I have always worked with universal themes and right throughout my career I have used tartan and pinstripe, which were present in Africa’s pre- and postcolonial context. But we are constantly questioning, looking, travelling, and engaging with art, performance and music. We are re-booting, reinventing ourselves every season, but still keeping the true Fassler essence alive.’
Keep your eye on @mariannefasslerofficial for updates and more about the collection.