Saint Sintra Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Sintra Martins is a New York designer. Although his models wobbled in T-bar stilettos, his ideas about dress are firmly rooted in the fundamental belief of the Big Apple style: that the purpose of a garment comes after the attitude it evokes. Sintra’s mood is short, sexy and a little mean, but for fall it’s gone beyond suiting and ready-to-wear. OK, yes, there was an S-shaped horsehair filament tiered cotton dress inspired by a vintage Halloween costume, and yes, it looked like a couture version of the Michelin Man’s skeleton, and yes, OK, it took a pair of scissors to cut it from the post-show model, but let’s not dwell on that even though it was insanely beautiful. Martins’ accomplishment here was to hone her eclectic vision into viable garments that didn’t lose their edge.

When Martins’ trip to Florence, Italy in late 2021 was extended due to COVID precautions, she fell in love with the city and its fabrics. All shirt stripes in this collection, tied in bows on button down shirts, have been custom made by an Italian producer. The tweeds, laced with metallic silver ribbons, came from the same mill that produces for Chanel. She also moved beyond her couture staples for something more curvy: a liquid periwinkle silk dress that buttoned in the back was surely the most sultry garment among the more structured looks, and it showed off her range. While she structures with panache – just look at the fit of this little pink bloomer suit – her stripped down, stripped down pieces are pretty darn good too.

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