1 Mar

Glenn Martens Brings a New Sense of Elegance and Drama to Y/Project

On Thursday, designer Glenn Martens presented his Y/Project Fall/Winter 2019 collection at La Maison de la Chimie. The classic 18th century architecture mixed with its Art Déco design mirrors the designer’s eclectic historical and aesthetic references that were seen throughout the collection.

The Belgian designer created a collection that felt dramatic and sensual with a strong touch of evening elegance. Inspirations ran from the Middle Ages to the late ’70s, bringing in an incredibly rich variety of fabrics, textures, colors and prints.


The silhouettes were amazing, as always. But what really got our attention were the accessories. Let’s start with the shoes. The oversized thigh-high boots, now integral to the brand’s identity, were shown in a wide ankle version. Lace up sandals brought extra sexiness to the show. There was also a new shoe with patent leather pointy mules which appeared to have been sliced open.

As for the bags, there was a new trapezium-shaped bag with chrome-plated details that stole our hearts. Glenn Martens’ eye for details when it comes to shoes and bags is something that is often underrated.

The accessories perfectly channeled this season’s more dramatic take on fashion, with jewelry at the forefront. Oyster pearl earrings and multi-hoop necklaces, also seen in previous collections, were lighting up the runway with rhinestone and pearl embellishments.


One of the highlights of this season’s show was the surprise appearance of Dutch-Iranian singer Sevdaliza who walked the runway in a Renaissance faux-leather, and faux-fur pleated dress. Last but not least, designer Glenn Martens completed the show with a dramatic Tudor-inspired wedding dress.

Photos by Jonathan Zegbe for Enfnts Terribles

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