Silence is more beautiful than words and my role in fashion is to interpret that beautiful silence. For most fashion journalists out there (including myself), the challenge is finding the unifying thread that connects all these varying (at times vastly different) looks together. No, not that press days are no longer relevant. They offer an up-close and intimate take of the brand and what you get is a better understanding of the fabrics and materials used as well as the quality of the workmanship that goes into the making of say… a piece of bag.
But there is something quite irreplaceable when it comes to attending a fashion show such as the recent Gucci Spring-Summer 2013 one held in conjunction with the Flora Icon Exhibition opening event at ArtScience Museum Singapore. The atmosphere, the set design, music and seeing how these fabrics move and come alive on the models bring about a whole new level of experience. One that offers you new insights and of course a fresh perspective of the silent runway beauty.
The underlying theme for this collection is the sea. From the way the ruffles move to the vibrant colors, every facet of this collection is suggestive of an aquatic world: Frida Giannini’s version of a fashion Great Barrier Reef. The resin choker necklaces carry off a very coral-like quality and even the all black bell sleeve midi organza dress with the geometric tulle netting brings to mind the idea of a very elegant abyssal jellyfish.
Add to that the oriental touch of the sea anemone print from a Japanese wallpaper for the pajama-style outfits, we have a clothing collection that draws its deep beauty from the depths of the underwater arena. And of course with this being the year of the water snake, it is rather apt to use silk lamé jacquard and fibers from Japanese paper as well to create the seductive sea snake-like print on the tunics and pants. Considering how the Japanese are often said to be the greatest purveyors of the sea, it is interesting that Frida had added these Japanese influences to her design process.
For the women out there who always dreamt of being a mermaid, perhaps this collection is a way for you to finally live that dream through high fashion. To become more than just an underwater maiden but a modern aristocrat of the sea.
Images: Milton Tan Photography