Marios may now be the man to go to for a show-stopping barely there red carpet dress for the hot-bod likes of Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively, but with that market totally lined up he's set on bringing his daywear to the fore next season. With a notably more pared back section at the beginning of the show - before it launched into a dazzling series of his now signature intricately layered yet-still-so-fine-a-denier of lace, mesh and sequin gowns - you'd find easy slip-on shifts for work, or a ripped and restitched denim dress that would be happy with a pair of sneaks. Even the first few maxis were styled with supersize backpacks.
'I was inspired by the idea of air-brushing, not like the corrective kind you get on images now, but the way pin-up pictures were airbrushed in the past,' explained Marios backstage within the Topshop space in Regents Park. So his love of second-skin-like fabrics and curves and were highlighted in almost heat-detection-type colour patches. The idea of transformation continued with more frayed edges and seams stapled together, making the more minimal pieces (especially a nude suede top) quite fascinating. 'That process is actually really difficult,' he admitted of this fastening technique.
So with pin-up girls and perfection on the moodboard, who embodies the Schwab aesthetic? 'Any woman with an opinion, I love women with opinions,' says Marios, 'But really, my woman is a femme fatale. Always.' And he's not wrong. Even in flat Grecian sandals created by The Poet - a cordwainer in Athens who Schwab is delighted to be working with - a Marios-clad girl gives very good entrance.