Though Peter Copping got a real upper hand on the lingerie trend when he presented his designs for Nina Ricci Resort, he carried his beautifully seductive pieces through to the brand new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, ”Zina“.
While it was named after the artist who designed prints for Nina Ricci in the 1930‘s, Zina de Plagny, the artist’s collaborative new century florals were above and beyond.
That said, it was not only the florals that had my heart racing. Dressed up sheaths, delicate underpinnings, and even a coat which was enveloped between two layers of grey chiffon, quilted with silver thread. He cohesively designed a collection that appeals to both a daywear and couture customer. I die. View Post
Mark Badgley and James Mischka would have to try pretty hard to let me down, and it seems they are only getting better. The structural side of things (brocade, shantung, linen, etc) played against their typical use of chiffon and jersey, while the garments were punctuated with bright lemon hues down to pomegranate and marigold.
I hate to say it in the palava that Galliano has put himself in, but there were definite flairs of recent-day Dior Haute Couture (if it were ever on a tighter budget, of course). If you wanted a sense of the show itself, I reccomend the track “Add Ends” by When Saints Go Machine, from the Spring/Summer 2012 soundtrack. Like Candyland on some classy medication. View Post
Though Christian Siriano is sometimes faulted for having “a lot of look” (thank you, Tim Gunn), the Project Runway alumni never hits a bad note in my book. This season, the talented designer was inspired by sea creatures – he employed clusters of chiffon ruffles to mimic barnacles and strung oceanic chartreuse hues throughout heavier pieces. It’s easy to see that when Siriano wants to do chartreuse, he does chartreuse.
What was especially interesting about his Spring/Summer 2012 collection was that with the drama (overwhelming organza, unrestrained tulle, drastic eveningwear) came dialed down power pieces (pleated maxiskirts, striped tees, palazzo pants). The perspective wasn’t as streamlined as many editor’s would prefer, but damn, this man can create extraordinary beauty like few others. View Post
Returning to his early days of chiffon in various types of animal print, Roberto Cavalli introduced a leopard-printed, tiger-spotted, zebra-striped war woman for Fall/Winter 2011. Since my everyday dress is a constant ode to heroine-wear (aka Wonderwoman obsession), I worship that Cavalli has created a neoteric, wearable armour and then draped it in metal necklaces. So much stood out to me from this man conquering collection – see the top five looks below. View Post
Monique Lhuillier has the ‘Ladies’ of the world on lock. If you are a woman – or man – with a taste for the sumptuous and sophisticated, her Fall/Winter 2011 is going to inveigle you. In a colour choice we haven’t seen recently via LHuillier, there was a myriad of baronial black; blace lace, black chiffon, etc. Every gown was a premium excuse to throw out my entire wardrobe and Monique my way to Majestic Fashionista. See the top five looks below! View Post