Pomp & Circumstance

After having spent months cocooned in layers upon layers, head to toe, spring is the time to bloom—the days brighten and along comes a lightening and playfulness of dressing. This particular spring brought high drama in  a mix of elaborate textures  and outrageous shapes.

There really is no way to wear tulle and not completely stand out. Perhaps this is why it’s the chosen costume for ballerinas. PAMELLA ROLAND had a lavender confection straight out of a fairytale composed of endless, flowing layers. If this kind of classic, girly dress-up is not for you, SIMONE ROCHA had a production faithful to the ballerina layers but in a subversive naked color, and an asymmetrical overlay.

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After luxuriating in favored dark hues these past months, spring denim is light, fanciful and sexy. ALEXANDER WANG girls, who are most certainly the doyennes of denim, alas have something to really celebrate. WANG had a hybrid, ripped denim-and-silk evening gown combo. At ADAM SELMAN, the jacket and jean matching set was a bejeweled masterpiece of sparkling paillettes in light blue with fresh flower shapes and the denim was solely symbolic, existing only in its nomenclature.

There were also a lot of feathers that came prancing down the runways. In one instance, it was the only point of embellishment on an otherwise standard, sexy little black dress at Anthony Vaccarello’s SAINT LAURENT. TOPSHOP had a few classic party dresses in pastel colors with mini feathers. However, for those that are more of a peacock, Jeremy Scott at MOSCHINO, showed a look that was entirely made from feathers replete with a matching headpiece and its own kaleidoscope of butterflies.

Perhaps it’s not so much about these fantasy embellishments as it is about a puffed up, exaggerated shape. STELLA MCCARTNEY had a not-so-little black dress that was in fact not a dress but a black, taffeta culottes suit with off-the-shoulder puffy sleeves. However, LANVIN had a sleek, sexy crêpe de chine dress with fluffy, chiffon-like arms that certainly would only be appropriate at the fanciest of galas.