Joanne Molina, Senior Editor of Second City Style Magazine
How do I love thee? Let me count the days. Although the days were few Couture
Week for Fall ‘07/Winter ‘08 was packed with both functional and
fantastic pieces and a joyful mélange of garments that paired both
qualities. Overall, the mood was light, searching and pensive in
regard to proportion. And while you can always read the reviews of Suzy
Menkes, Eric Wilson and Cathy Horyn to get your Dior, Givenchy and
Armani Prive fix, why not take a moment to look at the names that often
escape our lips and take a peek at the designs that dare to be one step
Color: Bright and ready to delight
Texture: Dramatic and costume-like, form fitting and adorned with everything from fruit to the silverware needed to take a bite.
Style: Multidimensional, graphic and not without humor.
Who says we can’t all be superwomen? Certainly not Portugese
designer Felipe Oliveira. Complete with lightening bolts, capes, full
head masks and simple wrap-around masks that could almost be retro
sunglasses the neon brights and comic book aesthetic looked more like
it could be a neo-Neo Futurist movement from Milan or a contemporary
take on the Venetian traditional of Carnivale. The only thing missing
was their weapons. But then it struck me, the women are the weapons.
Making a collection whimsical and fantastic doesn’t necessarily mean
creating costumes. And while I enjoy a modern circus, an over-the-top
Marie Antionette and general fashionable fete as much as the next
couture devotee, it’s nice to see someone imagine something else.
Complete with acid plaids, turquoise and lime green eye shadow popping
off the faces of his models, LeFrance Ferrant triumphed with his huge,
overpowering, oversized cap-cum-top hats of sorts. His show didn’t have
the overt decadence, cynicism or BOLD statement of others but rather reveled in the pleasure of pleasure and comportment (and confidence) necessary to wear his chapeaus.