When it comes to his latest work, fashion designer Glenroy March said he wanted to create something “to stay within his DNA.”
That’s the inspiration behind his latest collection, Midnight Rose, creations in black and red. In an interview with Caribbean Life, March spoke with the sophistication of a well-rounded couturier.
“I have done red, white, and black, Sankofa, Bird of Paradise, Touch of Africa, so I looked, and there was no black and red collection,” said March, a Brooklyn-based designer whose signature colors have made a statement on the runway for the last 10 years.
“I had to reach within these colors for this collection,” he added. “I wanted to return to who I am. I like classy, clean-cut detailing, and elegance. I don’t follow trends. I design where my mind is. How I feel. And I love the roses over the head.”
“This element is different,” he said of the ring of roses that matched the outfits and accentuated the faces of the models.
March used his ornate skill to embellish the collection. All the outfits have different character, yet captures the evenness and design sensibility that the designer reached for.
The collection, seen at the Sept. 8 New York Fashion Week event on the rooftop of Brooklyn Commons, dazzled the runway.
Pieces included a red gown design with a plunging neckline, another with a black cape, separates in black and red, an embellished floor-length dress with beading and feathers and a black cloaked swimsuit. Every piece followed the collection theme, which included intricate detailing for men’s shirts, shorts and swim trunks.
March is pleased with the spring line that came with hard work and dedication.
“I have learned from my grandmother who always said, ‘The harder the bottle, the sweeter the victory,’” March said.
This time around, the Jamaican-born couturier presented the designs of three up-and-coming designers whom he mentored.
Sixteen-year-old Mikaya Collins and 19-year old Shafeyah Guishard are high school students from St. Kitts & Nevis, while Michael Lewis is a design student at the University of Delaware.
Fashion lovers also had a chance to view the House of D’Marsh collection of bow ties, lotions, and scented candles, that can be purchased, along with his ready-to-wear collection, at www.dmars