Martine Rose Debuts Politically Charged Collection for SS20

Martine Rose Debuts Politically Charged Collection for SS20

Martine Rose addresses Britain's current political climate in her Spring Summer 2020 Collection.

Martine Rose addresses Britain's current political climate in her Spring Summer 2020 Collection.

Text: Czar Van Gaal

As of late designers have been using their collections and runway shows as political playgrounds. From Pyer Moss’s exploration African-American culture, to the more recent immigration fueled “American Dream” SS20 Collection by Alexander Wang. Now making waves at LMFW, Martine Rose is the latest designer to take the political plunge. And with the tension of the UK’s political climate thickening, the designer of the namesake London-based brand Martine Rose cuts right into it; using her SS20 collection as a utensil.

Edgy is a word that already lives in Rose’s design repertoire, and this season it was no different. Maintaining the essence of the brand’s street culture appeal, the brand delivered oversized suiting, western-inspired denim, and biker jackets with exaggerated shoulders.

Opening the show with a beige bomber jacket and dad jeans, the nineties'-inspired look is completed with a graphic tee. Martine Rose used the graphic t-shirt to showcase an original caricature criticizing UK politicians. On the shirt stands a clown with caption “Promising Britain”. And if there was any confusion on who the clowns symbolized, Rose made it perfectly clear after the show: “Obviously it’s a comment on the state of our political climate at the moment, the fact that they’re all clowns,” said Rose to High Snobiety.  

The politically charged t-shirt set the tone for the rest of the runway: models sported crazy hair-dos, smudged eye shadow and clownish lipstick.

 See looks from the collection below.

UP NEXT

Craig Green SS20 Is Anything But Minimal