Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo have teamed up to provide one of the most diverse spring/summer collections we’ve seen in this still-young season. Not only were the clothes delightfully varied in their tone, the selection of models coming down the runway was easily the most diverse we’ve seen in at least 20 years, if not ever. While the soundtrack was somewhat subdued, my heart was dancing at what I saw on the runway.
Starting with a very contemporary black two piece, with a perforated crop top, the collection very delicately rides that fine line between daring and conservative, modern and conventional. Many of the silhouettes we’ve seen before: bolo jackets, A-line skirts, pleats, trench coats, and sari wraps. How the duo have treated them, though, with modern materials, including a very attractive perforated mesh, are all new touches, demonstrating creativity with every piece along the way.
With all the pleats and crushed velvet to be had, one might mistakenly get the impression this is a conservative line, but one would be wrong. A very sheer pink pattern makes multiple appearances throughout the collection. Necklines frequently plunge well past the navel. That trench coat? It’s metallic. Even the color palette is surprising, as it moves from dark tones in black, blue, and brown, to a dusty rose and eventually a bright pink. There are even some touches of orange tossed in.
Is there something in this collection for every taste? Probably not; I rather doubt any collection could pull off that monumental feat. Is there something here for just about every occasion, though? Almost certainly yes. Martin and Lobo have included everything from casual to formal with plenty of choices in between. As ready to wear goes, the collection is about as complete as one could possibly desire.
Of course, the next question is whether all that diversity will ring well with consumers and that question, dear reader, is one only you can answer.
Photo credit: Valerio Mezzanotti