In November, Mark Fast opened his first standalone retailer in Beijing, the primary of many he’s planning to launch over the subsequent 12 months as he expands his retail footprint in East Asia with the assistance of a brand new enterprise companion within the area. At a time of speedy progress for the Canadian-born designer’s 12-year-old model, there’s just one draw back: he hasn’t but been in a position to go to the shop because of the ongoing journey restrictions. “It seems very surreal to see it all growing when I’m not there, and I really miss going to China, but it’s all very exciting,” Fast says.
For his newest assortment again in his adopted hometown of London, Fast was trying to a unique sort of journey, nevertheless: one which took him twenty thousand leagues underneath the ocean. While Fast’s calling card was as soon as his ingenious use of knitwear to craft clingy, party-ready mini attire, he’s been rigorously increasing his vary to incorporate extra playful, sporty items and a rising menswear line too. But it’s his “demi-couture” items that dazzle most, right here coming within the type of extravagant attire that includes slinky knitted bustiers that erupted into feathers and sequins in a spectrum of greens and blues that carried a distinctly underwater shimmer.
“When I found myself stripping everything back in my life, I found myself really craving nature and the basics of the earth,” Fast defined of his major supply of inspiration. “I started to obsess over researching underwater creatures and the deep blue sea, just discovering all these mysteries that I never knew and different animals I had never heard of.” Even if journey is wanting more and more possible later this yr, and Fast might discover himself in a position to toast the launch of his new shops sooner slightly than later, for now he’s comfortable to be impressed by the unlikely rabbit holes he’s headed down throughout quarantine. In his personal phrases: “It’s all about finding beauty in the unknown.”