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Taken from the Spring 2014 issue of Dazed:
When it comes to denim on denim, Marques’Almeida takes up where B*Witched left off. Designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida – who met aged 18 in Portugal before studying together in London at Central Saint Martins – make collections that embody the undone look of the 90s: unfinished hems, shredded denim and boyish silhouettes. This season, they mixed sheer, strappy, beautifully light dresses, cow-print ponyskin and white metallic jeans screaming for a time machine straight to Liz Hurley’s house circa 1998. In a really, really good way. Marta Marques stepped away from her trusty cotton twill for a second to choose the duo’s three current inspirations...
“I got really obsessed with country music after seeing Inside Llewyn Davis. Now all I want to do is smoke cigarettes and play guitar and sing country songs! It’s not so much the visuals, more the slinkiness of it – that languid, trailing kind of vibe.”
“Our dream girl band to dress? That’s easy! Our SS14 show had All Saints on the soundtrack and we listened to them for quite a long time. All Saints are funny because they were borderline obvious cheesy pop, but definitely also had a weird knife-edge to them.”
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“This season we were obsessed with Frankie Rayder and Devon Aoki –what they were wearing and how they were wearing it. We found ourselves doing research that was technically meant to be fashion research, but was just big detailed shots of their faces from every show!”