Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Carlotta Actis Barone AW13/14 Collection

Think black and white 1930’s Hollywood glamour with pleated skirts in diaphanous floaty chiffon, nipped in waists and structured shoulders.

Carlotta contrasts her fabrics in each garment.  The flowing soft pleated nets with the semi rigid satin and faux leathers.....

 ......And geometric slashes of transparent fine nets in between the thicker jersey, wool and faux leather fabrics.

The elegant and graceful looks of the collection were inspired by two artists: The soft cubism/Art Deco paintings of Tamara de Lempika and the geometric works of Italian visual artist Manuela Corti (Carlotta’s mother)

 Monochrome colour block panels added a touch of cubism.

Mainly of cocktail dresses and long evening gowns, the collection also included a few jackets and coats.  This black coat complements the curve of the body with its nipped in waist and cocoon shaped skirt.

Taking full advantage of the way the voluminous swing coat sways out, Carlotta ensures the patterned lining also attracts attention. Even when closed this lining will peep out with every movement or breeze.  Matched with black skinny paints adorned with a side stripe of the same print.  

Here the 30s princess style is updated to a shorter length. The front opening curves to the left with oversized buttons, whilst the length of the right lapel is elongated bringing balance to the unusual design.
The jackets are paired with diaphanous chiffon skirts for evening wear. Like the above coat, the front opening of the jackets curve but this time with hidden fastenings and no collar, presenting a feminine minimalistic look.

Some pieces will be available soon from UK online boutique:  www.notjustalable.co.uk

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