Remixed Romance – By Becky Lyon
This is definitely a trend for your style notebook. Fast-forward to spring/summer â€™07 and the shows were inundated with a plethora of historical, romantic references as designers embrace â€˜retroâ€™ on a whole new level! There is a bit of a gothic feel following through from autumn/winter- something a bit more mysterious and darkly poetic about the spring â€˜costume dramaâ€™ story. History gets remixed with a contemporary punky edge and fused with countless historical ideas.
You only have to look at the Gardem collection; raw edges, hanging shreds of fabric, corset print blouses worn with leggings and a dash of unconventional spring black provides a familiar but fresh punkish vibe. In addition, McQueen produced a bright spring time beauty with hand painted fabrics, ostentatiously oversized taffeta hats, extraordinary exaggerated sculpted hips and dresses made from fresh flowers, offering a stunning theatrical vision of 18th century fantasy.
In keeping with the fantasy line is Elle4Lisa, an off-schedule brand who presented their â€˜Montagues & Capuletsâ€™ story during London Fashion Week in ethereal, other worldly couture creations inspired by a love for legendary extravagant icons like Madame Pompadour. And if the remixed romance story couldnâ€™t get more eclectic, just take a peek at the latest Fashion Fringe winner, Gavin Douglasâ€™s offering. His voluminous bustle skirts, corset tops and brocade worked with a â€˜streetâ€™ edge as the designer strives for â€˜urban beats fused with ethnic diversityâ€™.
If this all sounds a bit mind blowing and /or confusing to you, the key ingredients to look out for are as thus; volume, ruffles, delicate or satin fabrics, ornate prints and provocative black. Whilst youâ€™ve got the chance, live your fantasy as a period drama princessâ€¦.
By Becky Lyon firstname.lastname@example.org