Designer Dorian Tarantini used his fashion label M1992 to put focus on the issue of ocean pollution. The collective looks were a visual metaphor for the state of the ocean right now. The very first runway look was a black, short sleeved t-shirt printed with the word “Oil” surrounded by flames.
What followed were looks designed in crunchy, paper-thin plastic. The designer used the dreaded textile through out the show for suit jackets, trousers, shirts, dresses and coats.
As you know, the ocean is heavily polluted with plastic. Designing looks from the material is especially poignant given that more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year. By creating this collection Tarantini joins other notable designers who want to change the situation, like Pharrell Williams who created a textile project that removes plastic from the oceans and recycles it into fabric.
The collection also featured barbed wire as a graphic design element which appeared on t-shirts and suits.
Fish net hoodies were styled over models heads, they acted as dramatic statement pieces.
Over-sized, box shape blazers came off a bit ship-wrecked, but in a good way.
Washed-shrunken silhouettes were unexpected but clever.
By the end of the show one could not dismiss the effort Dorian Tarantini put into the theme, the message and the designs. And importantly, the collection was fun. It was young, creative, fresh and wearable.
M1992 Spring 2019 collection from Milan Fashion Week: