Alfredo Martinez’s last show was a clear example of how once fears are overcome, the next step is freedom.
The frescoes of the Muses inside the Macedonio Alcalá Theater in Oaxaca City, witnessed how the designer departed from his standard collection inspiration formula, and by “playing with the things that frightened him”, like low-waisted pants, or skirts that were too short, was able to explore new ideas. “[I did] one look, and that look led me to another, passing from one era to another”, confessed the guadalajara designer backstage a few minutes after his show. It was a collection without any formula that oppressed the creative process and as such brought together ideas from different decades and cultural moments.
Black is Martinez’s obsession, and in this collection he elevated his impact with architectural arches and shimmering sequins, and stripes and giraffe prints mixed with transparencies showed an escape from the understated palette. Later, he took us back to the glamorous 70s with looks full of effervescent disco like pointed-shoulder jackets and asymmetrical skirts all made out of silver. The designer’s signature look, a lightweight sequined skirt worn with a button-up shirt accessorized with cufflinks, captured the new mood perfectly, and is sure to become a treasure in the wardrobes of women who visit his shop.