Forget the stuffy fashion circuit-Martine Rose just staged a heart-pounding celebration of community, transformation, and, yes, drop-dead gorgeous clothes. Her Fall/Winter 2024 show, first presented in the intimate confines of London and later brought to Paris, was a whirlwind of laughter, cheers, and high-octane style that left the audience buzzing.
Imagine a Vogue ball colliding with a joyous charity fundraiser, soundtracked by whoops, stomping feet and the infectious energy of Rose’s beloved London crew. Phones were banned, and the focus was solely on the electrifying transformation unfolding before our eyes.
“I wanted to make something joyful,” Rose explained after the London show. And joyful it was. Grandparents, parents, siblings, friends – all were transformed into runway heroes, strutting their stuff in Martine Rose’s signature blend of streetwear swagger and unexpected elegance.
Think electric blue moire suits shimmering under the lights, sharp pointy heels clicking a confident rhythm, and neon green skinny jeans tucked into crombie coats. But this wasn’t just another streetwear takedown. Rose, a powerhouse in the menswear scene, unveiled a newfound mastery of draping, asymmetry and unexpected cuts. Men’s technical jackets morphed into flowing ponchos, while a satin-edged blanket became a chic one-sleeved tunic over leather jeans. A body-hugging black leather dress danced with knots and drapes, each movement reflecting the confidence it exuded.
Martine Rose’s influence on menswear is undeniable, but Fall/Winter 2024 cemented her as a force to be reckoned with in womenswear as well. That furry brown lurex pinstripe suit? Pure Rose genius, at once playful and sophisticated. The collection, infused with an unexpected elegance, proved her ability to inspire across the fashion spectrum.
In an era often defined by fear and uncertainty, Rose’s bold move is a breath of fresh air. Instead of shrinking into safe commercialism, she embraces the power of fashion to elevate, to excite, to inspire creativity. It’s a joyful rebellion against the mundane, a call to dress for the highest ground, not the lowest common denominator.
The show ended with friends, family and even children taking their turns on the runway, their faces beaming with pride. A raffle in aid of the St. Giles Trust, a UK charity that supports vulnerable people, served as a heartwarming reminder of Rose’s commitment to the community.
©Photo: Martine Rose