Creative Director, Daniel Roseberry surfed the razor’s edge between literally rehashing an iconic fashion house’s greatest hits & an overly modern interpretation of what Schiaparelli means in 2021. In his show, a film entitled, “231 Seconds of Haute Couture”, Mr. Roseberry transported us into a louche luxurious fantasy of baubles & dresses that made us forget all about the ongoing pandemic & cold weather outside for a glorious 231 seconds.
The presentation featured a total of 24 looks, & not a single gram of extra fat that needed to be edited-out. You watch the designer at work on the pieces followed by the models showing them off in their finished state. The models posed in front of a pristine white backdrop that makes the film all about the clothes. Bravo! This is after all the point of having a fashion show.
There was a stunning surrealistic white pearl duck head necklace dress with wicked green emerald eyes that was worn not on the neck, but as the neckline to a high neck slinky black. Next up was a superwoman leather corset dress inspired by two of Elsa Schiaparelli’s studly mannequins. Although the vintage mannequins are based on a male’s physique, Roseberry made a neat twist & proposed a superwoman silhouette. Kim Kardashian famously wore a green version of this bodice in the much-discussed Kardashian family Christmas card. It was a bold outfit to wear but fell short. The statuesque model in the show however does the bodice full justice in a pink lame version with “Dynasty” style shoulder pads. Her powerful shoulders & bold stance suggest Wonder Woman on her best day.
Then there are the accessories that are flat-out remarkable. There are shoulder grazing gold earrings that include gold ears, & Elsa’s trademark gold nails that resemble tentacles. The masks were spectacular, some fashioned out of pearls to match a dress, & another that extends to a gold breast plate that resembled King Tut’s sarcophagus. There was a lively debate in a Clubhouse Room about whether the earrings were supposed to be chicken bones. This is surrealism – maybe yes, maybe no and does it matter? The pieces make you think & that is fashion at it’s very best.
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