“Normally we’d do physical research, which we were still able to do in terms of vintage and archive, but we discovered a resource: the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. They decided to, in 2020, make everything digital. So we went and basically did all our research in there; it was amazing wandering through,” Merlette designer Marina Cortbawi defined throughout her resort assortment walkthrough.
As a end result, each inspiration for the gathering stemmed from one singular place, which was new for Cortbawi. The work of Ger Gerrits influenced palette and temper, batik prints actually translated to the season’s latest motif, intricate and Victorian fashions evenly guided silhouettes, patterns and garment particulars.
The look: Resort emulated the model’s ethos of thoughtfully designed clothes with wonderful hand-feel, artisanal, delicate particulars and female type with a barely youthful, however nonetheless trendy really feel.
Quote of notice: “What was great about the Rijks is that we could do secondary research, which is fashion. Primary research for us is art, film — anything non-fashion.”
Key items: Dresses galore — ethereal, cotton and polyester babydolls (nice in gentle peach); patchworked, tiered, cotton voile clothes; eyelet caftans and roomy, cotton poplin boat neck clothes. Also, an allover floral embroidered tonal white skirt and up to date acquainted silhouettes in new fabrications or with new, intriguing handwork, like a soutache embroidered frock, up to date smocked and tiered separates, and brilliant voluminous minidresses.
The takeaway: A fusion of resort’s inspirations, an abundance of recent fabrications (starting from cotton chambray and cotton voile to cotton poplin and cotton eyelet) and complicated handwork with Merlette’s constant voluminous, elegant and barely romantic elan made for a recent, versatile assortment.