Heritage in fashion
La Martina’s latest offerings marry modern elegance with traditional designs.
HISTORY does indeed repeat itself. For Spring/ Summer 2016, La Martina is revisiting the classics of the Argentine tradition. The fashion brand has also referenced the polo club founded by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, using the intense colours of India.
Originally from 19th century Turkey, the Bombacha was imported by the government of Argentina in order to provide a practical and resistant uniform for farmers. La Martina now reinvents the materials associated with the trousers.
It is elegant, authentic and unforgettable, thanks to Rodolfo Valentino’s role in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a masterpiece of the 1921 silent film era. It is rustic in its material yet refined in the folds which accentuate the silhouette without losing comfort.
The new Bombacha is worn with an unbuttoned cuff and references the “Guarda Pampa”, an ancient and geometrical decoration of Indian origins where colours and shapes show belongings and hierarchies. In the shirt and T- shirt, dusty, unsaturated colours present a rustic image.
On another note, La Martina has chosen an Indian inspired colour palette for the capsule collection dedicated to Guards Polo Club. A corner of the La Martina stand has been dedicated to this prestigious club for the past eight years.
The “rock” jacket, a new proposal, evokes the ancient uniforms and dress code of Guards and is the distinctive item of the collection. The jacket presents an intense orange colour, recalling the embroideries and multi- coloured fashion of sumptuous Hindi decoration.
Fresh and intense colours bring to mind the lively shades of Indian spices, matched with the military shades of khaki and mastic. A leitmotiv of the field jacket and items of colonial inspiration, they create a harmonious contrast with a delightfully exotic taste.
The weekend bag created by La Martina completes the proposal dedicated to the style of the “Argentine cowboy”, reinventing the “Guarda Pampa” motif, a geometrical pattern of Hindi tradition used by Latin American natives.
The unmistakably graphic style compliments the refined design, a symbol of cosmopolitan taste common with the international elite. Each piece is a mark of honour for the aesthetic, otherwise known as the gaucho style.
Other highlights include the Cortos sneakers. This is a revised version of the stiff and heavy polo boots, but shortened to the ankle and made with a lighter structure. Designed using the same type of leather, it however comes with a zip and rubber sole for flexibility and lightness.
La Martina’s new Polo Player Kit capsule collection features a refined, post- match blazer made of micro- fibre and with zip under the lapels. The bomber jacket, with concealed stitching and front zip, has a clean look and is tailored in white.
Designed by La Martina for Maserati, the pieces are a social must- haves. The original Maserati Team polo shirt was worn by George Spencer- Churchill, direct descendant of Winston Churchill, when he challenged Prince Harry in the “Maserati Jerudong Park Trophy” last year.
In a play of antique and modern contrasts, the Guards Jacket is the highlight of the Spring/ Summer 2016 collection. — Photos: La Martina
The weekend bag is manufactured in dyed calf leather, to recreate a typical antiquated effect.
The Cortos provides a combination of Buenos Aires boot tradition and high- class street wear.