Monday, 11 February 2013

On Aura Tout Vu Spring Summer Couture 2013

With a name that means “you think you’ve seen it all”,  design duo Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov begin the show with what initially appears an absence of their signature sparkle. We are instead presented with tame prints which gradually evolve into full shine and shimmer – perhaps a reflection on their growth after having celebrated ten years of couture just last season.

The collection sees inspiration taken from spring fauna, namely the beetle, which heavily influenced designs throughout.  The duo’s totem animal is used to its full capacity – transparent PVC sleeves reminiscent of the hind wing, shoulders and necklines with collars are sharp and angular, while elytra embellishments are from the beetles themselves. 

The upper body saw tailored volumes, particularly to the shoulders Рa common theme so far during Couture Week - along with revealing lower halves, while gowns were balanced with fitted iridescent bodices and floor-sweeping skirts. While perhaps not the most haute compared to their couture counterpart, the show comprised of interesting pieces avoiding the common flora clich̩ of the season.

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