Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’13: Rafael Cennamo Paints His Floral Dimensions

September 8, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: Walking into the Box for the Rafael Cennamo Spring/Summer 2013 presentation, one could immediately feel a presence. Once you laid eyes on the dress, you could see why. There was almost a buzzing of the high energy in the air. The couture dresses were causing quite the stir. Reminiscent of Posen, Chado and Marchesa, you could see that this was no ordinary presentation. I was almost saddened because of that.

The dramatic dresses were covered in decadent beadwork, glimmering brightly in room. Lace panels and sheer chiffon underlays look beautiful when paired with such voluminous dresses and oversized sleeves. Finished with glossy and smooth silvertone belts, the collection had a bit of a glamorous look with futuristic details added in to make it have more of a modern feel. Floral embroidery traveled from the silk tulle of the dress onto the skin of the models, making them seem almost one with the gown. This kept the collection modern and from looking too old fashion and debutante ball-esque. Three-dimensional floral details, both embroidery and inspired appliques on the pieces, looked amazing yet so lifelike, almost like you could reach out and take them for your own. Those details were done just enough to stand out in a sea of sea foam and creams without being overkill.

One could take one quick look at any of the models and know that Cennamo was inspired by the Japanese culture. Kimono-inspired bodices and straight-cut, structured silhouettes combined with the soft and feminine fabrics of the gowns easily played off of each other.  The slick twisted knot on the top of the head combined with the dramatic painted on eyelashes came off just a bit severe and overkill. With dresses creating such volume, the makeup and styling should have been kept understated. These are one of the few complaints I had with this presentation. Overall, I am very excited to see what Cennamo brings to the table next season.

Colors: rose cloud, black, sea foam, moon mist gray, cherry blossom, aqua, peach, oceanic wind, butterfly blue, mint, gunmetal, sky blue, vintage rose, coral, cherry, cream

Fabrics & Textures: chiffon, jacquard, embroidery, beadwork, tulle, satin, silk gazaar, silk tulle, organza, silk

Key Looks: White chiffon embroidered and sea foam jacquard kimono gown; Oceanic blue organza embroidered imperial cocktail dress; Mint satin gazaar and silk tulle gown with blossom embroidery

– Taneisha Jordan

Photos: Second City Style

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