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Runway Rundown: Y/Project Masters Streetwear Opulence [PFW]

Glenn Martens, the Belgian designer behind the Parisian label Y/Project, has once again proved he is the undeniable king of mash-ups. Inspired by 18th century aristocracy and hip-hop royalty of the late 20th century, his fall-winter collection presented look after look of opulent streetwear options, from embroidered sweatpants to elevated tracksuits fit for a king. If Tupac had traded places with King Louis XVI, this is exactly what French court would have looked like during his reign.

But this wasn’t just some clever play on time-swapped royalty. With his usual love for thick ruffles and hard scrunching, Martens sent out lux streetwear and several gratifyingly bizarre moments. Here’s a designer who understands all too well what we want, even if we don’t know it ourselves: Like jeans cut into briefs, scrunched thigh-high wader boots or his silver-white beaded hoodie dress with matching track pants.

From an extra-long scarf featuring the last queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, to stiff bodices framed in fur, and the regal silks and taffetas twirling in curlicues and sculptural volumes, this season’s rich textures and bold historical references are the epitome of everything ‘extra’ – everyday items updated with aristocratic opulence.

Images via Luca Tombolini/Vogue

Stay tuned to Milk for more French streetwear dreams throughout PFW.

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