MARINE SERRE 2020
MARÉE NOIRE

Imagine… by hiding in caves and shelters deep underground, small, but illustrious groups have survived the Apocalypse – climate wars, heatwaves, mass extinction.

Closely knit together by their past experiences and shared trouble under the old establishment, they are coming out of their hideouts, gaining awareness of themselves, in the wasteland of oil and water left behind by their predecessors. Temperatures have gone up radically, but more self-confident than ever, they adapt and codify their futurist-shamanic styles, and their transformative themes, to birth several clans across generations, species, and genders.

For the first of these, black is the preferred colour before all others, encompassing moiré uniforms, leather embossed pants and sculpted dresses, oily recycled plastic raincoats, shaped black satin looks. Black: referring to rebellion, radicalism, and autonomy – but also maturity, simplicity, abstinence.

A second, desert style community adapts tailoring to the new conditions, with a range of red and brown jacquard styles. With a scuba-djellaba dress arising from fluid red silk scarf, they evolve more spiritually too, with sea shells, drift wood and scrap metal sourced for their jewelry.

The third entirely dispels all ways of the old establishment, and their outdated nature-culture divide, aiming for deep spiritualist bonds across the entities. They make do with what they find. Crochet knitted tablecloths are serially repurposed into dresses and tops; bed sheets and curtains of the old world are cycled up to become daily dresses. Former nightgowns, lace and old wool knitted shawls are transfigured into long, white multi-layered robes.

For a fourth, the world has become so hot they prefer their tough executive tailored suits to be made out of towel… For those with a careful eye: water is indeed seeping through everywhere, and with it, the suggestion of on-going evolution and hybridization. Morphing forward, to the next stratagem – mechanic or biological: it is not known, and what is the difference?

The fifth and final, Marée Noire SS20, this alien Seraphim… the amphibian Queen emerges from it.

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