Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and our favourite partnership to celebrate this February 14 is Martine Rose x Clarks.
Having been announced as Clarks’ Guest Creative Director last year, the British menswear designer Martine Rose is now unveiling her vision with her debut campaign. Titled “Coming Up Roses,” the pleasurable campaign is a feast for the eyes, showcasing intimate happenings that take place in one’s own bedroom.
Shot by photographer Sharna Osbourne in black and white, “Coming Up Roses” showcases subversive couples and individuals in retro-style bedrooms, one playing the guitar while two others are captured suggestively lying under the duvet.
Of the offering, Clarks classics such as The Oxford, The Loafer and The Sandal are seen reimagined by Martine Rose with a puffed-out look, inspired by the AUtran artist Erwin Wurm’s “Convertible Fat Car.” Each come in brazen pink, brown, snakeskin-style, oxblood, and black colourways, and are made out of 100% recycled nylon fabric uppers and leather linings.
The exaggerated cushioned silhouettes ensure maximum comfort for the wearer, pushing the boundaries of the classic English footwear styles. In true Martine Rose fashion, The Oxford takes visual cues from athleisure, by adding the rubber outsole as well as padded toplines by the ankle, again, ensuring ease for the wearer. With The Loafer, the chunky platform sole comes at a staggering 20mm for an impact that won’t twist your ankles.
The Torhill Hi is the last shoe to round off the Martine Rose x Clarks offering, paying tribute to Clarks’ most iconic silhouette, the Wallabee. The Torhill Hi also receives a chunky makeover, with the addition of grated thermoplastic rubber outsoles, available exclusively in a snake-effect leather.
Explore the ordinary-made-extraordinary Martine Rose x Clarks collection, dropping today on Martine Rose’s website and at Selfridges, with a February 16 drop following on Clarks’ website and select retailers.
Main image credit: Sharna Osbourne for Martine Rose x Clarks ©
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