Ok, admit it,the last person you’ll think of launching a female underwear line is Marios Schwab. Still,Caren Downie, fashion director of ASOS online (part of their designer support platform are Mario’s underwear designs), would strongly disagree by stating that: ”If someone was destined to design female underwear,there is no other that Marios Schwab.” Well,she knows better.
The London-based designer chooses to celebrate his Greek roots by naming his collection ”Kallisti” (in Greek Καλλίστη,meaning the most beautiful), after an ancient Greek myth including a rival between Hera,Athena and Aphrodite on the matter of beauty..what else? As for the color palette, expect shades of f berry, midnight blue, and poppy red,with hints of black and nude as well as a range of coral, rust, and dusty pink.metal plates to juxtapose the different textures. An intricate work of latticework on bodices, heavily stitched ”Shaper Dresses” plus slip dresses complete the intriguing collection.
The line will comprise 40 pieces – 25 items will be available online in November, while the remaining 15 will hit the site in January. Schwab’s preference of lace,taffeta and mesh are obvious to the whole line. Other highlights of the collection are the All-Over Stretch dress, Wrap Wra and Spider Web bra.
.The designer himself explains: ‘‘The art of mixing underwear elements,all this world of apparel that remains hidden underneath the clothes is a constant source of inspiration.The details in stitching and the techniques used, is something that i recall from my childhood, directly from my father’s work( a underwear design engineer).Now,those elements later became obvious in my overall philosophy of ready-to-wear collections, mostly the idea that the clothing surface pays tribute to what lies beneath!” Marios,we salute you!