Collette’s simple-yet-sexy line took traditional/classic English looks (sort of) and revamped them, adding ruffles, lace, and sheerness to create a definitive feminine air without being overtly sexy. I was really glad to see that she didn’t just reach into the hat and grab a handful of 80’s trends that loads of other designers seem to have grabbed at; nary a huge/furry/pouffy sleeve or shoulder to be seen (ok, so there were a few – but much more subdued than most!), a singular one-shouldered dress stood out, sheerness and lace were used just right, and – although she did stick to a darker palette of colours – her hues hit just the right notes, when taken into context, to create a very un-Depression-y line. It’s definitely much more wearable than a good percentage of other deisgners’, and that’s key in this economy (agh – how many times have I heard that??)
Anyway, enough talk – let’s move on to the clothes!
Anna Iaryn. Mmmm, coat. It looks so warm and plushy.
Simple and gloriously chic – understated, but a stand-out dress. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. See? The lace isn’t overused, but rather worked gently in with the rest of the dress – it’s not so much the focus as a part contributing to the whole effect. That‘s how I like it.
Queeny van der Zande. Classic coat with a bit of a metallic sheen.
Anna Iaryn. Simple black dress, complete with pockets and open neck.
Emma Maclaren. Just the teensiest touch of 80’s here – barely noticable. I didn’t until just now.
Shimmer, shimmer, shine little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer… (I think that’s how it goes._ Just a girly neckline, I always thought.
More lace used right! (OK, so there’s not really a definitive “right” way to use lace. I think, though, in this collection it really works well with the garments already; it doesn’t look forced at all.)
Queeny. Ok, a bit more 80’s.
Loads of lace! And… epaulettes? Shoulder pads? Hmm. I still like it, though.
Long, black, and draped.
Ah, timeless. The cascading jewels are nice.
Marlena Szoka. So… gorgeous… can’t… breathe… It’s a whole different level of gorgeousness than, say, Galliano. While his amazing Russian line was, well, amazing, it is utterly unwearable (for us normal folks, and even most at the top of the fashion pyramid). This, however, is wearable. Workable. Streetable. Whatever you call it. Tulle and a reptilian blazer and a belt… all pieces that could work apart or be thrown together for a night out (somewhere fantastic, I’m sure).
Look du jour:
Coco Rocha in her own “fireman’s hat” – read her blog for the story. C’est amuse.
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