NYFW Spotlight: M. Martin Spring/Summer 2016 Runway

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Inspiration: “abstract paintings and ambiguous colors of Mark Rothko and Gerhard Richter …The fluid femininity of artist Ann Rhoney’s photography informs the touches of drapery and pleating..”

A serene, bird-chirp soundtrack accompanying the presentation in a pristine gallery-like setting seems like the most fitting thing for the design duo behind M. Martin. Jennifer Noyes and Alex Gilbert are playing with casual luxury. Not too long ago these two words would run into trouble trying to reconcile, but as the duo proves it, luxurious fashion can be absolutely easy-going and meant for the every-day and well into the night. There’s a pristine “American sensibility” behind the brand’s work.

Day to evening looks ensure the woman buying the brand gets optimal use of the lovely pieces. A subdued color palette of pale graphite, softened white and ink accented with amber rust, sky blue and toughened blush work gorgeously with an urban city-scape. A working woman is precisely who the designers have in mind, not to say stylish jet-setters won’t fit into the aesthetic. There’s ease in the languid silhouettes which can be carried from a stylish office to evening cocktails and dates.

While the silhouettes may look simple and streamlined, the use of colors, patterns and details ensures unparalleled dimension. Thin blue and white stripes layer on top of each other on a particularly summery silhouette with architectural precision. A paperbag waist makes its mark on the amber rust skirt and wrap pants, adding a fun and flirty element to the separates.

The ease of the pieces are the basis of a well-informed, chic closet. I’m particularly drawn to the fact that the silhouettes ensure the woman wearing them isn’t overpowered. Beautiful, luxurious simplicity at its best.

Find out more: http://mmartin.com/

(Lookbook images Courtesy of M.Martin)

Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website styletomes.com and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.


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