Vivetta presented Fall Winter 2016 womenswear collection during the Milano Fashion Week. The collection is inspired by Erté, the illustrator, painter, and set designer who was one of the most well known exponents of the art deco style in 1920s-30s Paris.
In this collection, Erté’s dreamlike imagination meets with Vivetta’s surrealist style. Erté’s aesthetic breathes new life into the brand’s playful pieces and omnipresent anthropomorphic detailing: slender dancers, elegant and graceful female silhouettes, striking blue-eyed faces. Among the themes that were dear to the Russian artist’s heart was the Orient, specifically Japan, which Vivetta pays homage to in its soft woollen outerwear adorned with flowers, hummingbirds, and branches, recalling ancient kimono prints and opulent 1920s gowns. Counterbalancing the romantic and delicate references to the Land of the Rising Sun are goat prints and dresses with military inspired toggles, which draw inspiration from some of the characters that featured in Erté’s illustrations. Delicate embroidery and trompe-l’oeil prints transform the collection’s leitmotivs into tiny three-dimensional worlds: from collars and poplin shirts to leather boots, velvet trousers to skirts decorated with minuscule flower bouquets inspired by ancient tapestries. The lengths and shapes of the clothes are reminiscent of the 1970s: mini and mid-length skirts with a slim silhouette. The materials chosen for the collection were carefully and meticulously researched; from resistant fabrics like spessorato – a wool that looks like technical fabric – and diagonal pattern materials made from two types of wool for the collection’s outerwear pieces, to the lighter and more ethereal organza and silk tulle whose ruffles adorn the collars and cuffs of fashionable mini dresses. There are also precious fabrics like frisottino – a silk cady – and old favourites such as cotton velvet and poplin. The colour palette is rich in contrasts and pairings, ranging from warm camel hues to black, from “Erté” light blue to deep red, paired at times with the most delicate shades of pink, and at other moments with white or racing green. With special thanks to SUPER DUPER for creating hats exclusively for the show. – from Vivetta
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All images courtesy of Vivetta