Thursday, 13 October 2011

undersea inspiration

Givenchy's show invitation
Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter...

from 'The Little Mermaid', Disney Classic

The endless charm of submarine life and the magical
allure of mythical half-human sea creatures, 
the mermaids, strongly inspired most of s/s 2012 
collections setting the upward trend I anticipated 
in my last year's post.

Peter Pilotto's
Celebrated brands and top-notch designers such as
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Chanel's Karl
Lagerfeld, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy and the talented
duo made by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos
dug the subterranean realm of the sea to boost their
imagination while Stella McCartney worked on the
ever-changing form of ripples rendered through 
3-D swirls of corded embroidery.

Stella McCartney's
Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro expressed his
own collection through a short movie titled 'Ophelia
has a Dream' working with photographer Paolo Roversi
to highlight the innocent mood and eternal beauty
of the Shakespeare's character that worked as
an in store interactive installation in Paris while
Andrew Kalashnikov (not to worry - no assault rifle)
is a young Murmansk-born, St. Peterburg-based
gifted fashion photographer whose works deserve
encouragement and a broader audience: 
his own mermaid is genuinely evocative.

Mihara Yasuhiro's Ophelia
Every interpretation of the undersea trend is quite
attractive, all the designers fully elicit the sea marvels
with mastery while marking their personal touch 
or maybe they think the seaweed is always 
greener in somebody else's imagination?

image by Andrew Kalashnikov

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