Monday, September 22, 2008
VICENTE VILLARIN: EMERGING TALENT'S EXCEPTIONAL RTW FOR SPRING 09 RUNWAY DEBUT
AN ELEGANT “LIGHT AGAINST SKY” COLLECTION DESERVES MAJOR RETAIL NODS
Words, Images Judith Ecochard
Designed by Joanne Cordero Reyes, the label Vicente Villarin (repped by Greg Mills, Ltd.) was an unknown to us-but was unforgettably fantastic--- a sophisticated brand for women-with sumptuous, airy fabrics tailored in feminine, flattering silhouettes.
We took our seats at the Bumble & Bumble salon next to assorted family members of the designer-all of who were impeccably dressed. This tipped us off that this collection would not be some tired retread of 80’s looks for tweeners that seemed to pervade many fashion efforts we saw.
Inspired by the “ stained glass windows and the (changing) light from the dome of Hagia Sophia” – the luscious 35 looks entranced us--- and such big buyer heavy weights from Barney’s and Neiman’s too.
Ken Downing from Neiman Marcus
There were many empty seats…the fashionistas missed something and should not make that mistake again. Sweet confections everyone would feel like royalty while wearing.
We really thought every ensemble (dreamy fabrics, careful details, precise draping and pleating) for day and night time extravaganzas- all had merit. Some of the “blissful romanticism” reminded us of the Red Carpet staple, Marchesa.
Our favorite dresses skewed towards the artfully, HAND draped gowns with artful touches. This included Look #30 – a blush silk chiffon and lavender crinkle chiffon hand pleat strapless bustier gown with lavender Fortuny sash…and Look # 32, a knockout evening gown made of mint tinged chiffon, stitched into a form fitting bustier top with an accordion pleated body.
Frankly, we think this young designer is one to watch and buy.
MAKEUP/HAIR: MAC cosmetics with soft pink flush cheeks, Bumble did the gentle up dos. Very, sweet innocent looking in direct contrast to the LOUD, ROCKIN (Joan Jett, Bowie) soundtrack blasting out our eardrums during the runway show.
J. Mendel Shoes