As Bruno herself has often stated, she usually observes women and looks at modern art photographs in her endless search for inspiration, as she tries to create comfy and innovative clothes. For her Vanessa Bruno spring/summer 2016 collection the designer got inspired by last summer’s sophisticated ethno chic wave, which looks like what a woman in the Seventies would have worn during a trip to South America. Not for nothing, Bruno described her collection as an amalgam of “easy clothes for difficult girls”, perfectly meant for independent women who like to travel, be confident and feel good in their own skin. As we go along the line-up, this statement of intent becomes clear.
Parisian couture fashion designer Vanessa Bruno used to be an actress, singer and model before she decided to step into the design world and launch her eponymous brand in 1996. Daughter of a Danish supermodel (who was famous in the Sixties) and the man behind the French fashion house Emmanuelle Khanh, Vanessa was raised by a family devoted to fashion and was basically destined to enter this dazzling world made of catwalks, innovation and creativity. She became famous soon during the late Nineties for showcasing a dusty colored palette, combined with an effortlessly chic minimalistic style.
Her style mixes contemporary staples with more contemporary shapes and lines, which takes Bruno’s mother’s Sixties attitude to a more modern point of view. Collection after collection, Bruno managed to refine her outfits, becoming famous for her prints, tunics and jersey knits.
While palazzo pants may draw our attention almost immediately (revealing one of next season’s must-haves), skirts and dresses are the indisputable protagonists of the Vanessa Bruno spring/summer 2016 collection, and make great efforts to combine practicality with femininity. A-line, flared and gathered skirts, both floor and below-the-knee length, are here enhanced with vivid earthy colors and tied belts, which often interrupt the outfit giving a great balanced dynamicity to the look. Most of the floor-length skirts are actually part of big maxi dresses, which along with knee wrap and draped skirts give the collection a great Seventies allure. One of the most innovative dresses is probably the drop-waist grey one with a colored fur application, which may be seen as Bruno’s desire to spice up the line-up.
Jackets and tops had their time to shine too, as we see smoking jackets and a few pastel blazers, delightfully combined with ethnic motifs and color-solid tops. Although most of the tops are basic tank tops or T-shirts, Bruno had definitely fun creating her extremely short crop-tops and knitted shell shirts, as well as those peplum shirts and camisoles. Most of these tops take great advantage from Bruno’s main theme, the Seventies, and are adorned either with floral embroideries, lace or see-through fabrics. Wide-striped motifs have been used here as well, and show Bruno’s indissoluble connection with her beloved Sixties.
The second most remarkable and important part of the Vanessa Bruno spring 2016 line-up is the idea of combining a collection within the collection. Bruno, who firmly believes that ‘less is more’ and is mainly renowned for her jewelry designs, applies this statement carefully to every single aspect of her life, jewelry included. Her jewelry collection for the new season uses simple lines, material and colors to throw us into a more ethnic-oriented fashion. Blue and brown pearls and emerald stone pendants, along with hoop earrings give the line-up a clear ethnic allure, respecting the designer’s sense of fashion in its purest way. Purses and sandals add to this idea, and are probably going to be next seasons’ most purchased accessories.
Even though this collection may seem to be way too easy, it is definitely not simplistic, and shows Bruno’s excellent abilities as a fashion designer. She is in fact somehow capable of turning everything she touches into haute couture pieces, which are certainly minimalistic in their appearance but not in their spirit.
Photos courtesy of Vogue