Her­itage in fash­ion

La Martina’s lat­est of­fer­ings marry mod­ern el­e­gance with tra­di­tional de­signs.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - By BERVIN CHEONG star2@ thes­tar. com. my

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.

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