At Maison Martin Marginal, the UK was in the music: a mash-up of Edith Piaget and KRS One that blended into Sweet Harmony by The Beloved.
What were we to take from that? The message from the white-coated team was one of opposition tamed - that was obvious from the juxtaposition of workwear tailoring and a more relaxed feminine code. Pinstripe suiting was slashed, panelled and otherwise Frankenstein-ed into wrap dresses and split side skirts. It came as a frilled house coat and negligee, and then patch-worked into pieces with seventies lino print, metallic chintz and otherwise domestic prints.
It could have been a commentary on the many faces of the modern woman and the challenges she faces in her multitude of identities at work and at home. But if it was, it wasn't the most practical means of commentary, given these clothes wouldn't fit into either. Still, it's an issue it's pleasant to see addressed.