Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Elisa Palomino Fall 2010

The clothes were wonderfully 1920s in feeling — fabulous soufflés of tulle, crepe, lace, suede, and feathers.

Palomino, who graduated from Central Saint Martins in London, has had lots of jobs in fashionland, including running John Galliano’s studio in Paris for eight years — a seminal, life-changing experience, she says. Two years ago she came to the States to work for Diane Von Furstenberg as VP for design, and she still freelances for the company.

Palomino was always a spectacularly over-the-top dresser, even when she was growing up in a tiny village of Spain where she was ridiculed for being, in the words of the old saying, “all dressed up with no place to go.” She describes her fall line as “romantic but edgy” and grounded, silhouette-wise, in that halcyon period from the turn of the last century to around 1930. And she is still a proud and resolute advocate of funny clothes, telling me that she doesn’t see any reason why we can’t all go to work dressed “like a nymph or a little fairy.”

Although the concept of Elisa Palomino's collection was more to do with ethereal creatures and 1920's flappers i like to think there was a bit of Marie Antoinette styling in there somewhere as well. She used beautiful rich colours and fabrics throughout the collection with fantastic trims which reminded me of a modern day Marie Antoinette. The beauty and hair was very Marie Antoinette as well. The hair was huge and back-combed, topped with layers of fabric flowers and feathers. And the makeup was painted on and very girly.

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