Friday, 11 March 2011

Maria Grachvogel AW11 collection at London Fashion Week

Grachvogel’s AW11 woman is languidly graceful. In the audience was former super model, Marie Helvin, reflecting the image of the sophisticated Grachvogel woman. The sumptuous setting of the Savoy hotel's Lancaster ballroom with its crystal chandeliers added to the elegance.
The colour palette was muted shades of ebony, bone, grey and blush.......
.......with a shot of flame orange to show there is heat underneath the Grachvogel woman’s cool exterior. Inspiration comes from the tribal to the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. 
This was shown in the exclusive artwork prints as enchanted forests in the fairy print, but instead of the natural browns and greens, the colour shows the fairy tales’ dark side in steel grey mixed with buttermilk, winter white and muted jewel shades of amethyst and sapphire.  Grachvogel’s signature magic pants and catsuits (with the seam on the back of the leg rather than the sides) were present in both prints and plain neutral bone, along with her signature drape dresses.
Several catsuits and dresses sported a modern twist with a racer style back softened by the fluidity of the fabrics.
 Statement pieces included the bone wool flannel full length ‘Emperor’ coat with oversized shearling collar, and the ‘Aesop’ skirt with its asymmetrical hemline graduating longer at the back, in black lace, bone wool flannel and the tribal Shamen wool print.
The look is fluid and cleanly cut with the fabrics bringing rich textures such as silk, georgette, lace and cashmere tweed.

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