Archives for posts with tag: Spring 2013 RTW

Giambattista Valli, Saint Laurent Paris, YSL, Hedi Slimane, Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2013 RTW

This curation is one of opposites. A collection offering something innocent and fresh with something that is far less so: Giambattista Valli and Saint Laurent Paris. Mr. Valli crafted a series feminine looks with sheer organza, delicate floral details and crystal beading that would make Flora swoon. He also created some severely tailored offerings that counter these ladylike ones, but the most memorable pieces are the sheer dresses or skirts over panties – particularly those with a dropped hem made of non-sheer fabrics. At Saint Laurent the mood shifted to something hard and slightly subversive. The presentation was a paired down, urban goth collection that was quite stunning, despite Hedi Slimane’s overly done antics. At times the hats seemed an unfortunate accessory that transformed otherwise glamourous, flowing dresses into something a bohemian sorceress might wear. It is a shame the garments have nearly been over trumped by so much drama and this curious mind wonders what will become of the YSL legacy…

Alber Elbaz, Lanvin, Peter Copping, Nina Ricci, Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2013 RTW

How wonderful it is to be back in Paris – and what a beautiful welcome it is with the likes of Lanvin and Nina Ricci to fill the fashion soul. It is appropriate to begin with Alber Elbaz, as the Lanvin collection was about “a new start” for him. And that meant going back to the classic beauty of ancient Greece and Rome to present this work of “deconstructed classicism” that had a great purity and glamourous elegance. The asymmetrical garments with the orgami-like belts and bow accents easily make the BeautifulCurious most desired list. Peter Copping is also interested in ties that bind, albeit from a refined dominatrix angle. His offerings are a curious contradiction: do leather bondage harnesses go with demure dresses, cardigans and skirts? Oui, bien sur! Each of the looks have quality and depth that suggests things are nowhere near what they seem. Is she naughty, nice or both? He took a risk with this collection and it is one that is unforgettable.

Maurizio Pecoraro, Irving Penn, Mark Rothko, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lee Ufan, Milan Fashion Week, Spring 2013 RTW

What is modern minimalism in Milan? Maurizio Pecoraro has a few ideas and has literally made art of them with the help of a few well curated friends: Irving Penn, Mark Rothko, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Lee Ufan. His garmets may seem ultra paired down to basic shapes and forms, but there is a deep intellectual sensuality at play. Particularly in the evening tanks, skirts and dresses that resemble single elongated petals loosely enveloping the wearer as they drip with sequins. It is this fresh, yet smouldering wetness that makes this minimalism, well, so much more…

Alberta Ferretti, Milan Fashion Week, Spring 2013 RTWCiao Milan! On the heels of so much fashion travel (over land and through time), Alberta Ferretti offers a welcomed invitation to dip our toes into an aquatic world of ethereal femininity. Her collection inspired by the watery underworld is profoundly beautiful with illusions of iridescent anemones, lace seaweed, and other delicate sea creatures – all of which seem unaware they are made of fabric and swim through air as if it were liquid. It is exactly this quality that gives merit to showcasing this collection in abundance. Most remarkable are those looks layering sheer organza over beaded or embroidered fabrics. Without doubt, Ferretti’s luminous garments would leave even the most potent Siren of the sea breathless.

Christian Siriano, Diane Von Furstenberg, DVF, Monique Lhuillier, New York Fashion Week, Spring 2013 RTW, Spring Collections 2013, Google, Glass technology,

With so much to see of New York Fashion Week I feel compelled to say little, apart from LOOK! Although, mention must be made of the DVF and Google collaboration in producing a behind-the-scenes film using Google’s new Glass technology. The film will be released on September 13th, so stay tuned. Meantime, enjoy the beauty of prints, bright color blocks, layered sheer fabric and abundant symmetry and asymmetry.

In the weeks ahead, you can expect a BeautifulCurious curation of noteworthy Spring 2013 RTW collections from the fashion capitals. Today take in the stunning works of Monique LhuillierDiane Von Furstenberg, and Christian Siriano, who are setting the stage for a fantastic week in NYC…

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