It’s been a long time since a runway debut has felt wow-worthy, but the Stephane Rolland Fall Winter 2011 Collection is incredibly bold, interesting and innovative. The fashion pieces, which present a series of diverse and unexpected colors, cuts and fabrics, bring haute couture to a new level of chic that is accessible and awe-inspiring. The collection premiered this week in Paris to rave reviews that unanimously agree the line achieves the perfect balance between art and couture and left the audiences “ mesmerized and spellbound,” according to the Style Monger.
They added, “Sculpted fabrics with voluminous skirts and sleeves reinforced his architectural modern approach to couture. The palette of plum, purple, golden yellow and green beautifully accented the black that made up the collection.” Reviewers agree that the star of the show was the Kimono Wedding Dress, which is made from Kimono knit fabric, apparently weighs a ton, although you would not be able to tell based on the grace and elegance with which the model wore it.
Implications - For consumers, runway shows are not only about the clothing, but the way the clothes tell a story by fitting into a larger thematic context. This is usually accomplished through dramatic staging and lighting which is aesthetically appealing and artistically alluring to an audience.