#2 CULTURAL INFLUENCES
Paisleys was one of the top trends that hit the runways during the Fall/Winter 2012 collections and it seems like Indian influences are going strong as designers such as Marchesa and Vera Wang opened their show with heavily embellished dresses as an ode to India's beautiful culture and history.
Both collections were impressive, luxurious and decadent, boasting meticulous hand-sewn embroidery, gold embellishments and elaborate beading atop of their beautifully textured designs.
The juxtaposition of the high necklines with the short dresses eccentuate the neck and slender legs so tastefully and were therefore, my favourite pieces from Marchesa's collection. I also loved the fact that both designers started the show with ivory/cream/white garments, then moved onto vibrant colours, and delivered ultra-seductive signature gowns in dark hues before ending the show with a neutral palette.
Even though Marchesa took to their inspirations in a more literal stance and may not be as wearable as the former, many pieces were still very exquisite and memorable. Take for instance the striking gold-embroidered illusion tights, flowy vintage lace/chiffon gowns and the form-fitting drapped dresses. These will definitely be a hit with the Bollywood stars.
I've probably never mentioned how much i like Naeem Khan for his heavily embellished gowns and finely detailed garments but i am and i can't stop raving about his 2013 Spring collection when he sent models down in bright floral prints and geometric patterns and his signature glamour evening wear. Morocco was the inspiration behind his captivating and beautiful classic silhouettes and fluid gowns.
My favourite piece was the full-skirted yellow gown with a white hand-knit bodice. So elegant and effortless, i'm sure this would've been a winner on any red-carpet event. ( Just saw some photos of Leslie Mann in it and she looks absolutely stunning!)
Photo credits: GoRunway.com
Japanese-born fashion designer Tadashi Shoji best known for his figure-flattering pleated evening gowns blew audiences away with a breath-taking line up of sophisicated sheath dresses in rich jewel tones.
He opened the show with a blue embroidered sheath dress which somewhat reminded me of early chinese blue and white porcelain wares. His designs comprises of exceptionally detailed patchwork, ikat-print, and beautiful venetian lace, illuminating extravagance and sophistication.
The opening dress was a winner for me, i'm digging the blue and white porcelain/baroque/paisley prints that just screams exuberance and grandeur. I can't wait to do a similar print on my nails, i think it would look so chic and expensive!
And that about sums up today's post, i'll still be doing a few more takeaway entries, there's simply too much good stuff worth mentioning about this season's trends.
Bye for now! :)