I spent most of Toronto Fashion Week at the library, immersed in history research, but I did emerge briefly to take in the dreamfest that was Renata Morales.
For spring 09, the Mexican born, Montreal based designer was heavily influenced by Japan, a place that seems to be the current obsession of every designer/artist/travelling blogger I've encountered this fall... I can hardly wait to visit Tokyo this winter.
The chiffon dresses that dominated Morales' collection were painstakingly swirled, ruched and braided, often descending into skirts of origami-like pleats, putting me in mind of Sophia Kokosalaki's work. The colours ranged in soft pastels for the most part, with one or two black and red versions in between. The floatiness of the pale dresses was grounded by black leather ankle boots and theatrical floral headpieces (purchased, apparently from a dollar store and spray painted - something I must try).
Also included were long, flowing gowns and caftans in homage to pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, which featured muted, glimmering sequins and his popular "evil child" faces. The most inspiring part of the collection for me was a series of drop waisted chiffon dresses, printed in large scale with images Morales had taken on her travels. Buildings in Belgrade and Japanese sakura blossoms worked particularly well.
See the rest here.
photos: wire image
her collections are getting stronger and stronger each year...
Thanks for introducing me to this awesome designer
so couture i love it!
i love that you like to travel, so you do what you must to make it happen.
:) its inspiring
stunning designs, love your blog!
head peices are amazing.
Wow. It's been a while since I see a collection that is so delicately spectacular. Lucky you, you got to see it in person! Thanks for this introduction--I'm not as in touch with the rest of Canada's fashion scene as I would like to be...
I'm glad you like the collection - the photos were taken by a wire image photographer though :)
Those photographs really are amazing. There is so much inspiration all around.
A friend of mine suggested to take a look at your site coz of great stuff you have here. I must say your blog is very interesting.
By the way you might be interested to join DIRECT ART AUSTRALIA'S monthly photo contest. Winners will have the chance to turn their photos into hand-painted portraits. You can check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=70645093608
I haven't seen her stuff before - great designs.
so couture!! love your blog btw
Oh...i fall in love with this
stunning dresses :-)
love these pieces... !
Wow,Great picture i more like this!
Wow, I actually really love the head pieces! Not that I would wear one in public lol but on the models they look very pretty!
thanx for sharing.
very couture.. lovely post and so interesting
the headpieces are amazing!
love these pieces!
Wow the models and dresses are really beautiful.
Nice to see these
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