By Marcellous L. Jones
SFW Photos by Marko Ristic, Nikola Bradonjic & Drazen Dzigic
Novi Sad, Serbia – For the first time in a very long time, this writer is going to break with journalistic form and speak in the first person. I think that it is necessary in order to clearly convey my true sentiments regarding the work of Hungarian designer, Ms. Krisztin Martin. As the show took place, I was at times unsure about the designer’s work. However, the more and more I consider it, the more and more I like it.
Krisztin Martin’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection must be considered as a triumph. She had a great cast of models and both the hair and makeup were perfect. The collection itself proved to have some of the most compelling looks of the season. She starts out very strong with sleek, leg-hugging, tight pants in leather. She places it with a sheer top and short-cropped cape jacket. Accessorized with fingerless gloves in sleek, glossy black leather, the look set the tone for the strong looks to follow.
The collection is dominated by black. There is not a single look that does not have it either as the sole color or as a detail. The shoulders are elaborate and sometimes reach epic proportions as the designer at times gives them exaggerated shapes. One of the most visible look is the silhouette with the orange coat with angular shoulders.
The majority of the collection is of long, floor-sweeping dresses and skirts. Though there are some short cocktail dresses, they are far from being as eye-catching as the maxi length looks. And personally, I most enjoyed the look with the long gray, maxi skirt with burgundy stripes and that is worn with a black top with long sleeves and large, burgundy blocking in horizontal formation. Though it is a long look that covers most of the skin, I personally find it to be extremely sexy. One of the many keys in the look’s success is its deep neckline.
Don’t get me wrong. The collection at times does suffer from what appears to be some minor inconsistencies. Some pieces don’t look to be as well fitted as others and some looks are not as inspired. And the principle them also looks to be lost at very quick moments in the collection. However in spite of this, Martin’s work for Spring/Summer 2015 remains compelling and thought-provoking!