23 January 2016

Maharishi Menswear AW16 Collection

Titled: Post-Geographic Devotional Uniform & Habits Part II

Last season, Part I collection took inspiration from clothing worn by devotees within religious orders around the world. ( see blog post http://mensstyling.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/maharishi-ss16-show-london.html )
This season Part II explores beyond - citing subcultures that share devotional and ritualistic observances, a uniform, a moral code and set of beliefs between members.

Insignia and badging are a dominant theme this season: Rocker banners and badges adorn garments and are incorporated in to their seam structures.

 Many have been left blank for a sense of abiguity, allowing the wearer devotion to their own cause. Their placement however takes inspiration from military, biker and streetwear application.

Silhouettes reference those worn by gang or crew members. The Sleeveless Stadium jacket updates the upcycled Tri Padded MA jacket pattern to closer resemble a moto jacket.
Video of the show's finale

Also a number of silhouettes have taken exaggerated cues from the robes of Buddhist monks and the blankets of Indian Sadhus.

The Mahatec Parka and Flight Jacket are made from a knitted nylon and polyester micro-fibre that feels natural to the touch but still represents the cutting edge of Japanese technical cloths.
The core colour is entitled Lama and draws inspiration from Tibetan Buddhist monks' habits - reinforcing maharishi's pacifist approach to military design.

Other key colours are: Dusty Pink taking cue from the Pink Panthers of WWII and also natured inspired autumnal rust.

Patterns reinterpret seasonal colours to achieve the core Temple Camouflage colourway, with Autumn Jungle, and Night rounding out the palette.

Bonsai tree shapes growing from heavenly clouds to remind that camouflage has its roots in nature.
Maharishi's perennial camouflage is updated with stretched graphic shapes. The effect mimics natural wood grain texture in abstract. The stretched scale is reminiscent of the spiral and interlocked patterns that occur naturally in trees.

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