MASHAMA SS19 presents an international brand vision with a distinctly Chinese perspective.
MASHAMA Aceso’s Practise, ready to wear SS19
Mashama, Splendid, and cool, with a ready-to-disco at Montana-Paris chic
– by Loanna Haseltine
To the tempo of a techno-beat stuck on the same refrain when the DJ left his box; the Mashama collection was anything BUT redundant or repetitive. The deconstruct/reconstruct look hovering around younger fashion brands like Lutz Huelle or Sacai was very present.
And as it is one of my favorite trends at the moment, my eyes were popping with the heavy, house-y beat of the model’s march.
All look splendid, and cool, with a ready-to-disco at Montana-Paris chic.
Glam and glitz is the byword this season, and it was not missed at Mashama this Sunday.
Oversized bombers in grass-green vinyl, worn with super-long labeled tee, with a chiffon skirt hiding gym socks in heels was one look.
Trench coats in every shape, size and material were ready to take the night with rain or until sun-up. Cats-tongue sequined top with matching rain-hat worn with black silk-twill cargo pants was another winner.
Denims: asymmetrical and shorn and zipped; evening slash office wear: right of desk-side, left side dedicated to the night; and sports mixed with everything- were some offered looks this season.
It sounds like a mad hash and something out of a psychotic’s dream. But it worked. It was cool and plausible.
You might not find it worn as a total look, but it certainly will make a dent in closet space this spring.
MASHAMA Aceso’s Practise, Ready to wear Spring 2019 – Photos of the collection
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Rejecting the use of tired representations of Chinese culture, MASHAMA embraces global influences, illuminating them in an aesthetic that is exclusively Chinese.
Reflecting on the continued repression of women’s voices in modern China, Ma examines the value of her designs in a woman’s struggle for self-expression.
Recognizing the power of an assured self-identity, the designer’s desire is to nurture the strong identity of women by creating a collection that acts as a soft armour, both protecting and elevating the wearer.
Existence as a perpetual search for self – continually editing, modifying one’s identity in a form of daily annihilation – is at the core of the collection.
The sci-fi film of that name – Annihilation – resonated with Ma, as Lena, the film’s protagonist, is so driven by her thirst for knowledge and ultimately a search for her true self, that it outweighs any fear of her bizarre surroundings.
The film’s action takes place in The Shimmer, an inexplicable environment of ongoing mutation. The designer draws parallels between the Shimmer and modern China – whereby global influences enter, get reflected and then mutated.
Throughout the SS19 collection this mutation of influences into a visibly Chinese aesthetic is taking place. Traces of the Glimmer are found in the fabrication – rainbow shimmer sequins, glistening satins, embroidered serpent skin on lace and acid yellow waterproofs.
The powerful image of five strong females entering a battle from which they might not return, reinforces the MASHAMA concept of creating a beautiful outer armour to support women in their ongoing crusade. This is reimagined through a military story of green, khaki, camel, denim, green & brown check, frayed edges, cargo pockets and zips. The battle ground upon which Ma reflects is an urban one; her women are protected by modern tailoring combined with resilient outerwear.
The Ouroboros – a snake that eats its own tail in an eternal cycle of renewal, as well as the snake as a symbol of life and death appearing on the rod of the Asclepius, God of medicine, are both key motifs of the collection. The power of the symbol can be felt in the show venue itself – Université Paris Descartes – where a statue of Asclepius, snake rod in hand, presides over an iron door. Explored as print in the collection, the snake twists and distorts between pretty florals and warped checks, melded together on sumptuous draped silks.
Aceso, a daughter of Asclepius, is the goddess of the healing process. She represents the practise itself, not the cure. Similarly MASHAMA honours the process. Self-discovery is an exercise that may never yield the desired result, but the practice itself is vital.