Considering how Christmas is deemed the season of embellishment; a time for costume jewellery I find myself wanting to participate in the decadence yet less so in the traditional sense, as I long for pieces that lie firmly in the conceptual territory rather than the classic. And for such I couldn't but think of Kirsty Ward SS11.
Her collection is to me the perfect blend of classic femininity and romanticism with its soft sheers in frozen peach, an icy white and veiled black set to tulip and maxi skirts and delicate rather the razor sharp shifts.
I love how the frosted colours when paired with the models complexion, dramatized eyebrows and hair create the perfect ice queen look as you can picture her emerging from a snow laden palace yet at the same time you could almost interpret it as athletic should you examine it under spring light.
The jewellery veers between art-deco, tribalism and futurism and in places conjures up images of splayed icicles and snowballs.
I think the jewellery, soft sculpted dresses and sheer gloves offer the perfect contemporary take on soiree dressing bringing the dress code to the future and coming back to the present, with a remastered version. The only problem though is that it’s SS11 so I guess that dashes my plans of bringing such a look to a Christmas event befitting the world of our current fashion editorial……well at least for now.
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Images courtesy of Mariell Amelie.
Posted by Susan Walsh