A NEW APPROACH TO MASCULINITY
By Marta Oczkowska
October 29, 2011
Lodz, Poland – Monika Ptaszek’s collection for the upcoming season seems to be designed to elicit a sense of ambiguity. Although every careful viewer can observe that from the very beginning her men’s only collections are filled by deft allusions to the feminine side of men, this time she takes a step forward. None of presented during the fashion show garments should be taken too literally.
The Spring/Summer 2012 line is without any doubt directed to a highly sophisticated recipients. The main reason is that the vast majority of the collection can be easily worn by women as well. We can find here plenty of typically feminine pieces, such as negligently tied scraps of fabrics, so they can bring to mind nonchalant skirts, sheer leggins or patterned tunics. Even though Ptaszek counterpoints that by launching firm-cut t-shirts, heavy jackets and garments irregularly adorned by studs, this collection is designed for the exceptionally perky recipients.
Sophistication is also visible while taking a closer look at the fabrics. French laces and soft silks are juxtaposed with knitwear and polyester. The strong form of heavy sweatshirts is obtained by first cutting the fabric, then paste it together, strip by strip. Almost every garment is lavishly embelished, from mottled leggins, through checked shirts and floral shoes to the patchwork, folk sweathirts. One may say this is a bit too much. That is why this handicraft is for fashionists, who know that these pieces are not to be worn all together.