Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Just another quick colour update!

Hello all, its late but I feel inspired to write about these three garments (two of which have found fabulous homes of their own beyond the Salon walls).

L-R : Givenchy silk satin dress, Christian Dior by Gianfranco Ferre column skirt, Kenzo tucked skirt.
Image courtesy Ellenie Zahariou.

I fell in love with each of these pieces at first sight, when my wonderful seller (s) whipped them across the screen and then onto their lovely selves. I guess you could say they are bound together by their super saturated and bold colours, but its really, and like with every highest end garment, a combination of things that make the complete picture.
All of them are made with finest quality silk; the Givenchy in a liquid satin, the Dior in a strong duchess satin combined with a crepe for the gorgeous drape, and the Kenzo in a crispy yet elegant georgette.
The Givenchy is constructed with three frills that swirl around the body, and release at the hem for a slightly 1920s kick. It is a subtle 'exit' dress, a term I first heard used in reference to a simple Gianni Versace floor-length draped gown featuring a high neck and long sleeves, which then revealed a completely open back and a slit that almost met it at the wearer's buttocks. This part of course is anything but subtle.

Please excuse the amateur photography! Pictures taken by me out of the book 'Gianni Versace' the catalogue for the retrospective exhibition at the Met in NYC in 1997 following Versace's death.

Well, as I mentioned this Givenchy is a subtle version of the above, which really means it has a lovely point of interest on the back, here a lovely loose corset racer back where the lace actually drops past the flounced hemline. Its a gorgeous dress which keeps the eye moving across, up and down, and around the body and I am so happy it has found a new and fabulous owner!

Le back :)

Gianfranco Ferre designed at Christian Dior from 1989, replacing Marc Bohan,  until John Galliano took over in 1996. The skirt above harks back to the elegance and glamour of the 1930s, but its whopping colour palette is just so now! Only know to its previous owner, myself, and now its new owner, is the amazing level of handwork used to join the bow to the body almost, ironically, seamlessly, it just seems to emerge from six lines of meticulous stitching. And also, there is no seam in the curve, but a fold with a careful tuck which accentuates the drape. Its just beautiful, and will be taken back overseas, not to Europe, but to North America. Oh the universal nature of fashion!

Which leaves the Kenzo skirt, with its folds and folds and folds and pleats and ruffles and overall intense finishing which all in all becomes perfectly balanced and necessary. Add a woollen stocking and its the perfect winter skirt, fitting perfectly into the palette we are seeing on the runways now!

Good night all, and let's catch up soon :)

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