We found ourselves drawn completely to the Vionnet fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, the irreplaceable line-up of quite personalized clothing selections by Goga Ashkenazi. One can certainly see Ashkenazi’s fever for fashion showing through the extravagance of each piece and the whole ideal of a post-glasnost Kazakhstan and Russia. It makes sense too in a way, considering the fact that the chairwoman and creative directive of the Madelaine Vionnet brand was born in Kazakhstan, raised in Russia and educated in the United Kingdom, while the company headquarters are now in Milan.
The main color palette of the collection included lots of black, white, red, purple, silver and turquoise, while we had some electric and darker blue hues also make an appearance alongside touches of gold and pale pink coral, having us eye the first few numbers with awe and pure love for the silky fabrics falling about the body, sheathing it perfectly. Madame Madelaine Vionnet’s view of fashion had nothing to do with stay and corsets locking the body in, and everything to do with making sure that each woman’s personality, well-being and dreams are made the center of fashion. She was defined as an architect among dressmakers and her elegant Grecian-style is given a chance to shine through this season as well though Ashkenazi’s addition of the typical Vionnet fashion in her more daring bondage style cuts strewn throughout.
Both the first pieces of the Vionnet fall/winter 2015-2016 collection and the last have a certain charm to them, with their flowing skirts and more regal looks. While the first appears to be from the Grecian islands, the last is a lot more Mesopotamian, with the straps around the legs and the hood over the head to tuck away the hair. Mind you, the high slit on the thigh and the plunging V-neckline make it the perfect dress for the trend-conscious who is also looking for a sexier outfit that will have her feeling like a tribal queen. Those plunging necklines are found a few times throughout the collection, from the red version of the last piece in a slightly more Grecian feel, a jumpsuit with a matching design, a dress with a stiffer fabric, and pieces under which there are bondage style bands around the chest. Speaking of those bondage bands, we have pieces that literally have the bands placed around the breasts deliberately, accentuating the bust while also stirring the blood and sending it down to inspire unquenchable passion. Add thigh high lace up boots to the look along with a slit that gown right up to the top on that skirt and you meet very real Christian Grey fantasies with these Vionnet looks.
Aside from the first couple and the last looks mentioned, we fell in love with a few in between that are a little more on the demure side, particularly with the shawl like hoods thrown over the head and connected to the freely moving lightweight fabrics that show the silhouettes of the legs and fall gently against the limbs, billowing in the wind as you walk about the room. The pleated leather outfits were rather intriguing themselves, bringing to mind a modern fashionable version of Xena the Warrior Princess.
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