The theme from The Phantom of the Opera heralded the designs of Silvia Bours who presented an array of ultra feminine cocktail dresses. The color palette of this collection consisted of blush, cream and ivory with the occasional silver and pastel blue also featured. The sweetheart necklines in this collection were a delicate staple with the powerful effect of providing a perfect frame for the decolletage.
Although the vast majority of gowns in this collection were cocktail length, it was this full length evening gown with its lace, crystal and pearl detailing that had people diving for their cameras to capture the image.
Following Silvia Bours was the collection of Cristina Nitopi. There was an abundance of neutral color in Nitopi’s color palette as well as splashes of fiery red and cerulean blue. What was outstanding in this collection were the bold asymmetrical silhouettes which with very few exceptions allowed for the graceful flow of each dress.
All of Nitopi’s models sported hairstyles evocative of the 1940′s in terms of textured rolls courtesy of stylists from Prive. Prive’s at times edgy interpretation of a classic hairstyle was a complement to a collection that also infused elements of risk into its design.
“As much as woman is feminine she should always be actually, strong,” says Jelena Vujanovic. “I like to use that contrast of something very fragile, of looking very fragile and very feminine and very sophisticated but actually being very dynamic and strong.” This philosophy was boldly manifested in Blume, the Spring 2014 collection from Vujanovic’s label, Vilorija and the fourth show of the evening. Beautifully constructed from silk satin (with one or two dresses made from cotton) there were designs in this collection that made generous use of crinoline to give skirts an eye-catching flare.
The designs that fell closer to the body seemed to have an extra detail that facilitated the kind of movement that demanded your attention such as this violet silk dress with the tiered skirt. Honestly, you have to see this dress in motion to truly appreciate it.
Where are the “strong” and “dynamic” elements in this collection? The ones that celebrate a woman’s strength? Vujanovic revealed that they were all present in the colors Indeed the color palette had bold range of shades inclusive of violet, teal, orange, red and fuchsia. Black was also used but detailed with one or more of the aforementioned hues. It can be a challenge to create a line that infuses opposing elements. Vilorija not only infused them in this collection but made them harmonious.
“Do you think you know the difference between good and evil?” This was the provocative question asked in the video that introduced the final fashion show of the night, the collection from Furne One’s label, Amato. The colors used in this particular line were predominantly black, representing evil, and white, representing good. The dresses depicting the forces of evil had such embellishments as long flowing capes and spiky head gear. Those representing the forces of good were accessorized with angel wings and halos just to name a few adornments.
There was the aura of the phantasmagoric throughout this entire collection( irrespective of which side was being represented) that grabbed the attention of a very captive audience and wouldn’t let go. A triumphant end to a week that flew by much too soon.
- For further information on Tina Hughes: http://www.tinamariestyle.com
- For further information on Silvia Bours: http://www.silviabours.com
- For further information on Jelena Vujanovic: http://www.vilorija.com
- For further information on Furne One: http://www.amatohautecouture.com