As one of the most anticipated shows each season in Chicago, Horacio Nieto's Spring/Summer 2011 fashion exhibition entitled "The Desert & The Sea" delivered once again. The presentation was held at the chic Loft on Lake, a venue used by Nieto before, yet for this collection seemed particularly appropriate since the space seems to blend the autonomous elements of soft and hard in the same way balanced elements of water and sand. Makeup for the show was done by Sin cosmetics, accessories provided by Akira and the elegant wares of local jewelry line, Jules, were draped down the models' throats.
The models themselves, provided by both Ford Models and Agency Galatea, stood on either end of the open loft space on small platforms while guests mingled in between. The male models showcasing Nieto's menswear line, Arlo, posed provocatively on one side, facing the twinkling fabrics of the Horacio Nieto womenswear line on the other.
The palette of the the womenswear collection comprised of crisp, tidal blues punctuated by shots of peach, dove gray, cream and electric yellow. Made up of mostly short, flirty frocks with the exception of a few separates, the silhouettes were fairly simple but served as a canvas for the colors and fabrics to take center stage. Confections in teal, cerulean, turquoise and sapphire reflected the light like still water or cascaded down like liquid in the folds of a gown. Though the pieces were mostly monochromatic, the occasional print stood out, as did the strategically placed texture, such as a ruffled bodice of a dress, the feathery appliques of a fuschia skirt or the stunning floss-like layers of Nieto's bridal-white gown.
And despite the craftsmanship and fine tailoring that Nieto has become known for, he always manages to make his pieces completely wearable as well (I can personally attest to that as an owner to a few of his pieces). His vision of spring seemed to evoke a sense of everyday glamour that seemed completely attainable. And like every collection that is truly well done, Horacio Nieto made us all look eagerly forward to what he'll come up with next.
Designer Horacio Nieto with one of his models
Photo Source: Second City Style
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