I arrived this morning, and the Stephane Rolland Fall Couture 2013 show was my first of the day. Walking into the Tennis Club, you could hear the sound of Flamenco music. Just as the show was about to start, the dancer took the stage, in stoic black , passionately dancing to the music.
I was curious how Stéphane Rolland would blend his signature shapes with the design inspiration of classical Flamenco looks.
Voluminous and billowing sleeves harkened back to the days of the 16th and 17th century Flamenco costume, redefined with draping silks. Sleeves that seemed to go on for miles, sweeping onto the floor in irridescent navy blue organza. Capes dominated in many looks using soft and airy silks. Trains trailed behind as the models whisked across the runway, softly tracing the lines of their steps.
For the more structured styles, there was an architectural feeling with oversized collars and lapels. Appliqués of futuristic looking vinyl bringing dimension and contradictions to the elegant silks.
The designer also played with positive and negative, showing open and closed areas creating a sensuality using sheer chiffons and organzas mixed with beadings, satins and silk failles.
The palette was predominately blacks, midnights and navy’s with accents and a finale in white.
I don’t know about you, but I want to know what it feels like to have this much whispy white chiffon draping all around me!