Monday, October 8, 2012

WAR.WORN.FASHION Review of SS'13 Collection





"The jet-set lifestyle is one many aspire to have but are not necessarily fortunate enough to have. Given the fact that one of the many societal functions of fashion is to transport and narrate, it comes as no surprise that resortwear silhouettes, colours, and prints enable designers to create clothing that takes us abroad. International designer Von Vonni takes us from New York City to the French Riviera with his Spring/Summer 2013 collection. From the epicentre of fashion in what is New York’s Garment District (where he and his team create affordable, Made in the USA high-end ready-to-wear for any occasion), we are transported to Saint Tropez with nude lips, sultry purple smokey eyes, and ‘70’s flair fashions reverent to Yves Saint Laurent.

Set at the Norwood in Chelsea, the juxtaposition between modernity and nostalgia (seen alone in the architecture and d├ęcor of the site of the presentation), masculine and feminine notions, warm and cool colours, and European and American design aesthetic were very evident. Dusty, mute pastels (rust, creams, mints, rose, and powder blue) were set off by a vibrant, tropical chevron print. Key motifs included jabot/pussy bow details, peplums, gathers, and cuffs; the standout pieces were a twill skater dress, triple-peplum twill blazer, silk wrap dresses (a Von Vonni signature), and of course, the white lace embroidered wedding gown (modeled by a previous contestant on ANTM - bonus points if you remembered that her name is Eugena) with subtle tones of canary yellow.

The question now: where will Von Vonni take us next?"

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