Born in Alghero in 1961, Antonio Marras
grew up with a love of fashion. His father owned a boutique in Rome, where Marras spent much of his childhood learning about the various textiles and materials used in clothing design. Even then, Marras was drawn to his father’s coarser, more versatile materials and textures rather than more typical soft and light fabrics.
In the years that followed, Marras’s hugely popular designs helped him gain popularity among established designers, leading to various collaborations. Marras continued to work passionately towards the ultimate goal of creating his own brand. A few years later and he debuted his own namesake collection at Milan Fashion Week.
With Marras’s interesting, modern take on fashion, in which disproportionate shaping, fabric scorching and unusual layering play a key role, it was no wonder that he was offered the role of Art Director at the house of Kenzo in 2003 and eventually the title of Creative Director in 2008. Today Antonio Marras
focuses solely on his eponymous label. Although the brand is extremely adapted to more modern settings and audience, it remains true to the original materials and experimental design of the designer’s early career.
As a tribute to his late friend, Swiss artist Gret Lutz Stemmler became the influence to Marras’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection. Taking inspiration from her Swiss & Italian heritage, Marras creates a collection that is infused with rich textures and embroideries connected to nature. For example, a chunky green jumper with statement embellishment contrasts beautifully against a pale pink pleated skirt adorned in floral print. Whilst an oversized pink coat conveys the sophisticated charm that is always a focal point to Marras’ collections.