Ingrid Vlasov's latest showing entitled 'Les Ailes,' which means wings, soared to great heights of style. The collection captured the movement and freedom of a bird via flowy silhouettes accented with witty feathered prints and materials.
Ingird Vlasov’s SS 12 offering provides us with a chance to fly high with sleek silhouettes and draping fabrics. With inspiration from two sources this season, Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space sculptures of 1923 and the floating dances showcased in 1935’s hit film ‘Top Hat’, this season Vlasov’s vision is undoubtedly art deco and as always incredibly chic.
Once again Ingird Vlasov has provided a uniquely feminine perspective on modernity and current trends. Romanticism and mystique dominate the collection providing some old world glamour within a modern perspective. Each dress is created as a poem, graceful, elegant and incredibly feminine. Through combining elements of lace, sequins and fringing with soft fabrics, Vlasov has created a woman who is strong yet feminine, seductive yet refined, and ultimately incredibly elegant.
The collection spans two main movements. The first is distinctively 1930’s with a monochromatic palette and strong geometric shapes. Her signature quirks are represented this season by a top hat’d bird represented through broad-brush strokes which features heavily throughout the collection. Accents of yellow and orange are provided to twist the art deco palette whilst a single draping line in contrasting colors down the center of a number of garments works to unify the collection and perpetuate the nostalgic art deco theme. The standout garment is undoubtedly a fitted white dress with flowing blouse, discreetly exuding sexuality whilst maintaining the quirky bird as an unexpected statement.
The second movement is slightly more baroque with flocking appliques adorning many a garment. The art deco movement is shifted to a softer, more feminine palette of purples and nudes complemented with sequined appliques and fringing, whilst shorter hemlines and sheerer fabrics provide a seductive element to the garments. Here the quirks are provided by colorful flocking in pinks, purples and yellows across sleek white and yellow maxidresses. These two dresses, the more eccentric items of the collection, will no doubt be snapped up by Vlasov fan Lady Gaga. Although these are indeed the loudest pieces, they sum up Vlasov’s design aesthetic perfectly; strong feminine elegance with a modern twist.
For the less adventurous, a stunning fringed minidress is ramped up with bold blue fringing set over a base of lace. Indeed this garment is a seductive masterpiece, which although baring the most skin in the collection still maintains a somewhat demure vibe.
Ultimately these contrasting elements combine in a collection of garments that incorporate both design styles. 1930’s lines are complemented by lace and fringing whilst feathers reference the fluidity of the feathered friends of Vlasov’s initial inspiration. A bold monochromatic pantsuit sidesteps slightly from the soft femininity of the collection, however with sleek fabrics and an unexpected yellow stripe on the leg, the woman in this suit is anything but masculine.
Overall this collection is a dream of fluidity, femininity and ultimate high-end luxury. From the fabrics to the execution, nothing is left to chance and these garments exude a simplicity that can only be achieved from a meticulous design process. Vlasov has once again succeeded in providing a unique perspective for the modern women whilst maintaining the sleek luxury and elegance that we have come to expect. Her quirky birds and fluorescent appliques afford us an unexpected twist to such elegant creations, allowing our own dreams to soar alongside their floating fabrics.