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Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Beautiful Danger: Katarina Grey Fall/Winter 2013 Collection Review

Some say that there's something dangerous about a beautiful woman.  This is oftentimes highlighted by the innocence or guiltiness of the gown she's worn.  For some say an innocent looking dress on a woman means she's hiding some guilt and a seductive dress on a woman suggests she is not ashamed of looking guilty.  Well take the innuendos of dressmaking, bathe them in design, wrap them up in grandiose cloth and cleverly walk the line of guilt and innocence and that was the Katarina Grey Fall/Winter 2013 Collection.

Entitling the collection "Decadent Opulence" was, yes,  a befitting title.  The balmy dutchess satins, second skin gold silk laces, regal brocades, languid crepe de chines and effortlessly fluid silk charmeuses were all finely wrought into beautiful gowns, yes.  However, I think the phrase that sums up this beautiful collection is "Decadent and Dangerous".  

There was a sinister aspect to the silks and sheers that made them that more special and therefore the women that more intriguing.  One would think that implementing bullet casings and and overt ornate metal work into fashion could be punky.  While yes it can be, the presence of couture-like fabrics like the ones Ms. Grey has chosen moves the aesthetic beyond punk to pristine and shows the delightfully edgy and pleasing design vision she offers up.

The mix of fem and vicious in the collection had an underlying brim of sensuality that made for an intriguing woman of strength and confidence.  Strong shapes like a boned hood piece and great embellishments like leggings adorned with folded leather and gold embroidery told a story of aggressive detail balanced to be softer through cut, quantity and placement.  Fluid pieces like striking jumpsuits and pleated evening pants had a strong ethereal sweetness to them.  Ms. Grey's woman is decadent and opulent and, through gorgeous gowns for cocktail and evening, certainly not ashamed to show her danger and innocence all at once. 




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