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Belgian designer Glenn Martens goes gothic in debut off-calendar Paris show
PARIS (AP) ' Wearable is the name of the game at Belgian designer Glenn Martens' gothic-tinged off-calendar debut in Paris.
"I like to break up, dissect beauty," mused Martens, a 28-year-old who graduated from Antwerp's famed fashion institute in 2008.
It was clear he aimed to break up styles, mixing clean, ecclesiastical forms with sneakers and in-vogue sporty zippers.
Next to a projection of Belgian masterpiece "The Passion of Saint John" by Hans Memling, clerical column dresses and coats slinked by hanging like cassocks in speckled gray knit. An oversized coat in ethical recycled wool looked papal with a vertical slit tapering out from the round collar.
Another knitwear piece revealed an intricate crisscross on the back that the designer said were "shards of church stained-glass."
Martens certainly ticks the on-trend box for the gothic.
But overall it was a simple collection by a designer prioritizing comfortable clothes, kind to women ' in keeping with the minimalist vibe peppering some fall-winter ready-to-wear shows.
Like many up-and-coming designers, Martens is not on Paris fashion week's official calendar but is showing his collection at the same time to garner the attention of the fashion world.