February 23rd, 2012
Emilio de la Morena presented another heavenly array of body-skimming pieces yesterday to a stylish crowd eager to see what the designer had to offer. Several designers have returned to their roots for inspiration this week and de la Morena
was another to add to the list, evoking inspiration from his countries historical traditional dress.
What fabricated was magnificent. The opening look, a black hooded cape, cinched in with a large waist, hinted at the different direction the collection was headed for this season. De la Morena’s signature cocktail dress had matured since last season. They now fell below the knee, and some even brushed along the ground. Bulky, hooded coats, cinched in at the waist by chunky patent belts, kept silhouettes varied against skin-tight pencil skirts and faux leather trousers.
Graphic starched cotton shirts and maxi skirts were created by the designer’s manipulation of a forest in spain, which added a new dimension to his white, black and forest green colour palette.
Accessories were minimal. Patent leather headpieces with nappa bows sent a welcome ripple of youth through the collection.
De la Morena’s offering may have been more serious this time round but what the looks lacked in fun, they made up for in quality.
Words: Millie Cotton