Francesca Marotta Autumn Winter 2012
A striking story unfolded at Goldsmiths Hall in The City, a perfect venue to host the tale of ‘Amore della mia Vita‘ (Love of my Life) for Autumn Winter 2012
This Sicilian born designer represented the women of her country that had “loved and lost” through her collection, opening with a grieving widow, her face concealed behind a delicate black lace veil.
The ominous music set the tone for the tragedy, one mourning model after another adorned in ornate laces, silk, leather, brocade, cashmere, and wool.
The different textures became the symbol of power and strength; the salient splashing of opulent red, blue and phosphorescent yellow jewelry by Milko Boyarov, were statements of courage to Sicilian women. The sharp and fiercely cut accessories gave the garments a tougher edge, amplifying the theatrics of the show.
Garnished in crowns of teased hair, the tone touched on a feel of religious iconography, illustrating the hope for the oppressed. Celebrating femininity has enhanced the bright work of stylist Nickque Patterson, and make-up artist Issidora with AOFM. Dark, smoky eyes and severe cheekbones heightened the presence of prepotency on the runway.
My favorite of the evening was the one resplendent red piece, shining amongst the sea of black and making the most illustrious statement in the collection. A train of flaming filigree fluttered behind the muse of the moment, glorifying the grand crescendo amongst the dark.
The grand finale could not have been made so grand without the tears of blood that streamed down the pale skin of the model, demanding attention and commanding empathy from the crowd that watched in silence. Dressed in an an enveloping floor length black gown, she floated through the congregation with imperious elegance, bringing the presentation to a majestic conclusion.