The quirky house that Martin built assembled a range of found materials — from 19th-century tablecloths to the foil hoods of Champagne bottles — for its made-to-order Artisinal collection. They were culled from France, Italy and England mainly, though they brought to mind the Haight-Ashbury and other hotbeds of groovy Seventies crafts.

Molded jackets and bustier dresses composed of macramé bags were feats of ingenuity and patience: 82 hours to make a coat, for example. They looked painfully scratchy, but were imaginative in their combination of homespun and tailored chic. The finale jacket had a cool look: A real marvel, it was pieced together from hundreds, if not thousands, of silk and nylon Brazilian bracelets sourced in Peru. Some of the other recycling experiments were less convincing, as in apron dresses made of souvenir cushion covers, or pantsuits paved in mother-of-pearl buttons that jangled and clanged as the models walked, like shirts in the dryer.

The quirky house that Martin built assembled a range of foundmaterials — from 19th-century tablecloths to the foil hoods of Champagnebottles — for its made-to-order Artisinal collection. They were culledfrom France, Italy and England mainly, though they brought to mind theHaight-Ashbury and other hotbeds of groovy Seventies crafts.


Moldedjackets and bustier dresses composed of macramé bags were feats ofingenuity and patience: 82 hours to make a coat, for example. Theylooked painfully scratchy, but were imaginative in their combination ofhomespun and tailored chic. The finale jacket had a cool look: A realmarvel, it was pieced together from hundreds, if not thousands, of silkand nylon Brazilian bracelets sourced in Peru. Some of the otherrecycling experiments were less convincing, as in apron dresses made ofsouvenir cushion covers, or pantsuits paved in mother-of-pearl buttonsthat jangled and clanged as the models walked, like shirts in the dryer.

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