It may have been a grey day in London, but Maharishi’s eyes were set firmly on a more tropical climate. Referencing Italian artist Alighiero Boetti’s travels to the Middle East, Hardy Blechman embarked on a voyage to Afghanistan and beyond, keeping his eco-friendly, pacifist military manifesto intact.
The show opened with a dramatic play of lights, flashing to reveal a model dressed in attire that could bedeck the most stylish of explorers. A printed turban based on Afghan hand weaving adorned the heads of select models and a largely military-inspired palette with splashes of red and blue. The palette, particularly the selection of olive trousers and Vietnam tour jackets is indeed authentic, having been upcycled from vintage Italian Telo Mimetico military jumpsuits. Maharishi’s upcycling is further continued throughout the collection, with Italian military half-shelter tents converted into cross body satchels.
The silhouette was loose and airy, befitting of a hot Afghan night; tops were long length and trousers either in a harem style or certainly with a slouchier fit, all in organic cottons or lightweight linen blends. The pattern of the collection was Maharishi’s signature ‘DPM: Bonsai Forest’ camouflage, visible on both a jersey t-shirt as well as in pockets and seam details. Another pivotal print embroidered on a selection of chambray garments was taken from Boetti’s ‘Mappa’ canvas and overlaid with a hexagonal pattern, the result of which was decidedly modern.
Traditional as the collection may seem in writing, urban elements ran throughout. A camouflage poncho was given a street twist with a stiff cap peak on the hood, a sweatshirt with a bold graphic map and backpacks and raincoats made of a waterproof material with modern Mat-Air technology. The closing look, white jacket had taped Schoeller Nanosphere seams and black metal ware.
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Runway Photography: Courtesy of Maharishi
Details Photography: Josh Brandao