For the Marine Serre Spring 2022 RTW collection Fichu pour Fichu, the designer explored these possibilities, imagining what the future could look like if we were to change our habits and think more deeply about the food we eat, the way we move through life and the clothes we wear.
Composed of 45% recycled and 45% regenerated materials, Spring 2022 is Serre’s most sustainable collection yet. Multicolored terry torchon – an unextraordinary fabric usually reserved for household chores – becomes extraordinary after being regenerated into boots, boxy jackets, skirts and tops. Other homely fabrics such as Dutch embroidered tablecloths and linen tea towels are imbued with luxury in their new life as lab coats.
The pointelle knitwear is a new material in Serre’s vocabulary this season, as is the regenerated popcorn fabric, which comes in an array of sunny prints. Scans of the vintage fabrics used throughout the collection have been collaged together to create an original melange print emblazoned across catsuits, leggings, liquid-drape dresses, and track pants – garments that optimise movement and agility.
Alongside these recent fabrications there are threads of continuity from past seasons that have been developed and refined. Tradi tion and technology meet in the moiré textiles, which are handmade in France using recycled fibres and are now emblematic of the brand. Dresses cut from upcycled silk scarves and t-shirts; the iconic Marine Serre second skin boots and garments featuring the moon print; shamanic jewellery crafted from regenerated cutlery, glass and stones, and leather and denim wear – painstakingly patchworked together from existing end-of-life garments – all remain touchstones for Spring.