Venexiana Spring 2012: Glamourous Rock N’ Roll Inspired Gowns!
Taking a glitz and glamour approach, in true Kati Stern fashion, the Venexiana S/S 2012 was a parade of shimmering couture gowns set to the sounds of anarchic punk and rock n’ roll. After former careers in music and architecture, Hungarian-born Stern launched Venexiana back in 2003, and since then has designed her breathtaking gowns which are inspired by music. Her show is always one of my favorites as the lethal combination of show-stopping evening-wear and vibrant runway tracks gets my sartorial blood flowing! This season, the crowd rocked out during the finale walk to the Iggy Pop cover of the classic rock tune, “Louie, Louie”, made famous by The Kingsmen. Opening the show was half-a-minute’s worth of medievally royal music before a punk-rock song seized the airwaves and introduced the first look, a pink off the shoulder evening gown embellished with Swarovski crystals. The collection featured an astounding 71 looks which were predominantly glimmering-detail gowns and cocktail dresses.
While I could safely venture to say that just about every color of the rainbow made an appearance at one point or another in, it seems Stern was feeling bold hues such as blood red, burnt orange, bright fuschia, and most of all, scintillating golds! Details that were absolutely essential for her Spring designs were the Swarovski crystals, maticulous embroidery, sewn sequins, and flower detail. Stern’s architectural backround was evident in the structure of the gowns, which paraded down the runway, voluminously silhouetted. In addition to the designs, the 30′s and 40′s style beauty looks the models donned were absolutely stunning and complementary to Stern’s elegant designs. I was particularly fascinated with the retro-style up-dos which featured a sophisticated cross between a braid and twisted bun.
Whether Venexiana unleashes your inner punk-rock cinderella, or might be too extravagant for your taste, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Stern’s rebellious spirit. While most designers opt for a quick wave and bow after their show’s finale, Stern took the full length of the runway by storm and made the show’s ending just as exciting as its commencement.
Lauren Valenti is founder of fashion and music website, TheVogueVibes.com , as well as a Contributing Editor to theMyFDBlog during fashion week