Kimono designs are intended to show the wearers enjoyment in the Fall/Winter '14/15 seasonal flora and fauna. The embroidered gold Asian flowers that spread over Blumarine’s fall collection could, at first glance, represent the holiday season, but one had the feeling that, for Anna Molinari, their sparkle was more about the essence of rock-star glamor or indeed a geisha-at-large.
Rock-star allure meant duchesse satin miniskirts, slim tuxedos, racy dresses, oversize baby alpaca furs, and glitzy patchwork-lace frocks. Gracefully exploiting a vein of vivid colours, Molinari described them backstage as “imperial,” which translated on the runway into a regal purple, emerald, and royal blue the saturated colors infused the parade of daring dresses, buttery-soft leather trousers, and tops with a dramatic, not to mention Instagram-friendly advantage. She steered the collection away from raunchy to something more romantic with a number of looks embossed with roses, a perennial part of her repertoire. These were her finest pieces, sparkly jacquard skirts and jacket dresses, some with kimono fox-fur collars and cuffs, scattered with embroidered red and gold blooms that appeared three-dimensional.
Discover the Blumarine F/W '14/15 runway show at the end of this post! LoL, Andrea
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Photos: Kevin Tachman / Marcus Tondo (Indigitalimages)
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The dresses came out apace, fragile in rendering but still hinting at something perverse. The tailoring series was introduced with mint-color crombie-style coats and blouses, over pants, segueing into short spencer jackets, black velvet suits, and then chic, narrow evening coats. Amongst all this, the luxury quotient was upped by a passage of pale astrakhan and fur coats, and there was a jolt of surprise when an evening dress came out with a fur bodice placed atop a black chiffon skirt.