Monday, September 29, 2008
ÉDITÉ SHOWROOM: SPRING ’09 PREVIEW
VASSILISA, BRADLEY SCOTT, LOVENIA-MORE GLAMOUR FROM EDITORIAL "IT" DESIGNERS
September 5th, 2008-Garment District, 1PM
It’s always worth our time to visit showrooms, particularly the well-edited collections repped by, ta-dah-ÉDITÉ SHOWROOM: SPRING ’09 PREVIEW
VASSILISA, BRADLEY SCOTT, LOVENIA
Words, Images Judith Ecochard and Edite Showroom
September 5th, 2008-Garment District
Colorful prints in a delicately ruffled diaphanous gown (reminded us of Ossie Clark) drew us to the racks containing other garments by the upscale label Vassilisia.
A one year-old London based line created by Central St. Martens graduate Nadja Solovieva, Vassilisa is named for “THE BEAUTIFUL” Russian fairy tale princess heroine.
Glorious oversized silk scarves and dresses in, of course, intricate prints-are exceptional. Given the intricacies of the graphics, the collection is available in a limited edition (or bespoke).
We’ve written about Bradley Scott’s resort garments. And BTW and no surprise, major retailers have come a'calling.
We’re thrilled the Spring lineup is just as strong.
A playful polka dot pattern fabric- in sorbet smooth pastels or dove grey/white are fashioned in adorable (but not drippy girly) puffed short sleeve tops with wide bows, and chic slim fit skirt with a two semi-circles forming a the front hem.
An iridescent linen woven/weave textile is the standout fabric- cut for a short swing jacket and into a terrific short trench with black lapels and piping details.
Handsome high waist pants in black or white, nicely round out Bradley Scott’s line for any chic woman’s wardrobe.
Heidi Handler’s delicate third collection for LOVENIA- is inspired by “the surreal light of Nice at twilight” and the “volume of Cristobal Balenciaga’s gowns from the late 1950’s.”
We’ve admired this designer for her stunning use of luxe European fabrics-including cashmere, linens (Italy), silks and laces (France) and cottons from Switzerland…in past collections.
But we feel Handler is really coming into her own with a fusion of sophisticated European experiences (after stints with French master Jean Cjharles de Castelbajac and the prestigious Masters Program for Fashion design at the Angewandte Kunst Schule in Vienna, Austria)... plus her American background.
And yes, the silhouettes of knockout group are poetic...but also ooze a modern sensibility. So wearing these gently draped and ruffled feminine dresses, are 100% 21st century.
INFO: Édité Showroom.