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“If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true,” sang Cinderella in the self-titled 1950 classic Disney animated film. Well, from the moment the Y/Project x Melissa collaboration first appeared on the autumn/winter 21 catwalk and our belief only intensified when it walked for spring/summer 22 too. With fairytales realised, Y/Project and Melissa is a collaboration that sees dreams come true. If you’re quick and the shoe fits, you can have your own Cinderella moment.
“The disruptive quality of Y/Project‘s brand and design is Melissa‘s greatest motivator in this new collaboration, given our history and devotion to innovating and setting trends since our first-ever collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier in 1982,” Melissa explained in a statement. The Brazilian makers of “the original jellies since 1979” have been making weird and wonderful plastic fantastic creations and have collaborated with everyone from Vivienne Westwood to the Campana brothers, Judy Blame and beyond. This is a match made in dreams. “Every step of the creation of the product showcases Melissa‘s three pillars of art, fashion and design… Finally, Y/Project‘s commitment to sustainability highlights the synergy between the two brands.”
“We've received really great feedback for the collections we’ve done since confinement began, things are going really well and a lot of people really recognise Y/Project,” Glenn told i-D after the spring/summer 22 presentation. Ever since Glenn Martens replaced the late Yohan Serfaty at Y/Project, the Bruges-born, former Gaultier Junior designer turned a label in mourning into one of Paris’ most dynamic forces. Throughout the last seven years and beyond, Glenn and his growing team have walked the tightrope of taste and pushed possibilities. Their Y/Project has continually transformed the familiar into the unexpected with ingeniously off-kilter constructions that challenge our preconceptions of how garments should look and how they should be worn. “Y/Project has always been such an explosive mindfuck, and I'm still gonna be super creative and over-experimental at times, but I don't think I need to scream too loudly anymore,” he continued. Here, the Y/Project x Melissa court shoes do the talking for him.