A collection

Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2013

Earthy, rich, constructed; these have not often been the words I’ve used to describe Cavalli’s collections in the past. Spring collections have been high voltage femme, slashed and sheer. This season, however, there is something so sensual about the covered form, rich in texture. Voluminous jackets teamed with streamlined kick flares, long sleeve mini dresses, thrilling digital prints. So polished, and so exciting. 

Words © 2013 Rhian Graco

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I actually made a not-so accidental shrine to Alexander McQueen some time ago. Among a tartan stuffed dog from Scotland, striking rocks from forest and desert floors alike, Savage Beauty stands upright, McQueen’s holographic image shifting between the gaze of the tortured genius and the chrome skeleton; one identity as eerie as the other. The book is the reminder of a curiosity and creativity that, to me, continues to rival the best in the industry. Tonight though, as I devoured the Pre-Fall 2013 Collection, I accepted, after nearly 3 years mind you, that Sarah Burton’s has clear respect of McQueen’s, dare I say, tradition; an understanding of a design no matter how obscure or intricate, ultimately falls back into the most classic, spectacular and timeless of creations. I prematurely mourned the death of a house, but in this collection I see it’s rebirth, and it comes clad in velvet, silk and leather. 

© 2013 Rhian Graco

The thundering of the falls is good for the soul.    Location:Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, USA. Images: Stills from the Twin Peaks TV series by David Lynch, selection of original Twin Peaks memorabilia in Twede’s Cafe, North Bend, WA, USA. The cafe was used as the shooting location for the diner in the series.