|Photo by Ian Chae|
Xsenia & Olya -
|Fall/Winter - Photos by Peter Jensen Photography|
This line is the joint effort of designers Xsenia Runa and Olya Shishkina. Graduates of Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London, these talented artists showcased 2 collections this evening. Their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, entitled Staircase Wit, was my personal favourite. Inspired by Gerard Richter’s masterpiece “l’Esprit d’Escalier," I loved the knit fabric with digital prints of aquatic life and soft, draped silhouettes. Bright colours, deeply plunged backs, soft sheers and body hugging dresses created a line that was both fresh and feminine. The garments "...had a natural fluidity like water, echoing the movements of the body." The Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection was called "Digital Knit" and played with the notion of light and dark in the movement of water to create unique prints. Wool and crepe de chine were added to round out the fall fabrics. My favourite fall print was the one created with beautiful golden browns and black. It had warmth, pop and a look of luxury.
Vawk and Vawkkin -
|Vawk - Photos by Peter Jensen Photography|
|Vawkkin - photos by Peter Jensen Photography|
Fall/Winter 2012 was also the launch for his new ready-to wear line called Vawkkin. There has been tremendous pressure for this designer to offer a more affordable line for his many fans and this collection of menswear-inspired garments answers that call brilliantly. In Fong's press release he states, "I wanted to design pieces for this collection that would build a wardrobe...I really listened to feedback from those who love my work. The collection was designed with them in mind." The palette was kept to the very practical and versatile basics of grey and black, but offered one surprise pop with a deep electric blue. While the silhouettes had a feminine feel, the lines were softer and more comfortable, something important if working a long day. I loved the textured greys. My favourite was probably the dress on the far right above where the textured grey is a sheer fabric laid over a black dress with black trim at the waist, arms and neck. Look for this line to be sold through a new online e-tail space shortly.
|Photos by Dale Rollings|
Polish designer Teresa Rosati presented her newest collection called Her Shine. The designer's specialy is glamorous, European haute couture cocktail, evening and wedding dresses in a variety of lengths. Not really a cohesive collection, this was a grouping of widely different styles but I suspect when it comes to evening wear, this is just what is needed. Everyone wants something unique that stands out from what others are wearing. Solid and print, applique and feathers, softly draped or more structured, deep elegant colours alongside bright pops of energy - the range in styles was diverse. I personally preferred the longer draped gowns such as the black/white printon the far right above; a black, one shoulder top paired with a long, white pencil skirt; and a softly draped, deep blue one shoulder gown with white applique. I also found the jeweled collar on the shorter grey dress very intriguing.
Farida Lalji -
|Photos by Peter Jensen Photography|
Well, that's it for day 4. Only 1 more day to go and then that will be it until next season.