Sandro Marzo’s latest collection mirrors the apocalypse, the end of the world. No wonder the collection has that rough around the edges feel. The collection is sort of an updated sportswear, urban take on post-apocalyptic warrior garb as seen on movies such as Mad Max and the like. The use of leather, fishnets, perforation, draping, camouflage prints, raw finishing and excessive layering have oftentimes been associated to urban warfare dressing. The young talented designer from Basel also took a great deal of inspiration from the Maasai people, a unique and popular tribe from Africa. They are best regarded for their distinctive colorful traditional clothing and long preserved culture.To pay homage to them, the designer have incorporated a vibrant shade of red to the collection to represent the fierce spirit of this organically stylish and artistic people. All these references have been incorporated to create Sandro Marzo's army.
Since the onset, Sandro Marzo has been working hands-on with factories in Switzerland and EU-based countries using sustainable natural materials to assure utmost quality. For this particular collection, he experimented with paper “washi”. It is a kind of paper that is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp and is commonly used in clothing as well as many traditional arts, household goods and toys. Aside from the usual Sandro Marzo silhouettes like the three-quarter coat with three-quarter sleeve, one-button collarless blazer and man-skirts, this season he introduced “salopette” which is basically overalls or dungarees. It is a type of garment which is normally worn as protective clothing when working.
After graduating in Basel Institute of Fashion Design and interning for Boris Bidjan Saberi, he launched his own eponymous high-end menswear line in January 2013. Since then, he has created four collections to date. According to Sandro, he aims to show the sensitive side of men through his work. Most of his creations can be worn by either sexes. The young designer cites designers such as Yohji Yamamoto for his fantastic volumes, Rick Owens for pioneering the darkstyle trend and Rei Kawakubo for blurring the gender line, as major influences to his work. Sandro greatly believes in sampling of ideas where you remix everything and create something new, something original out of it.
During Men's Paris Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to shoot a couple of looks from Sandro Marzo's latest collection. Unfortunately, due to my tight schedule, I only styled and shot two looks. Perhaps next season I would devote more time producing shoots similar to this one since I find great creative satisfaction in styling and toying with my camera.
Anyway, here's the entire set I produced. It was shot a stone's throw away from Sandro's showroom in the Marais. I love how you can literally shoot anywhere in Paris and still achieve effortlessly picturesque images! Paris is such an amazing picture-perfect city in all angles! Very limited editing has been done on the images since I personally prefer realistic raw photos over photoshop overkill images. The images also have a certain street-style appeal which I absolutely love. Hope you guys like it.
Styling + Photography - JP Singson / Model - Till Fabian
Big thanks to Sandro Marzo and his team for making this shoot possible. And also to Till Fabian for pleasantly working with me. Special mention to Riccardo and Nicola of Tabo Store for introducing me to Sandro Marzo!
Check out www.sandromarzo.com for more info.