The dusty colors of a Marrakech market — fused with sharp, modern silhouettes — formed the backbone of Cmmn Swdn’s collection. Designers Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund said that they’d wanted to capture the mood of its “bustling markets” after taking a trip there earlier this year. “It’s the spices, the smells, the mish-mash of materials, the colors and the chaos,” Bakir said on the sidelines of the label’s static presentation.
But as for the cut of the garments, the designers mined a vaguely Western rodeo theme inspired, Bakir said, by the chaotic, wild-west feel of Morocco’s bazaars. A boxy, dusty pink denim jacket was paired with brown culottes, while a brown and white gingham shirt was worn with high-waist, pale pink jeans. The duo also teamed pleat-front pants with mesh tanks, topped off with leather blouson or biker jackets.
It was a succinct, appealing collection from this contemporary brand.