Dear Pennies & Pens,
It’s Pen here to continue reporting on New York Fashion Week with a review of the Spring/Summer 2013 collection by NYC based designer, Fotini. Fotini was born in Athens to an Egyptian father and Greek mother although she was raised in Canada. Under the direction of her father, Fotini originally embarked on a career in Finance & Marketing. However, after spending three years studying corsetry with ateliers throughout Italy, Fotini, learned the art of design. Fast forward to September of 2012 at Lincoln Center, where Fotini showcased her latest collection.
The collection was inspired by the muted color palette of eighteenth century French painters. Artists like Watteau, Boucher, and Fragonard used delicate colors to create sumptuous looks. In essence, the collection utilized soft colors like butter, a pale pink, taupe, and white. This collection was designed for a woman of elegance, class, and grace. The fabrics included organza, silk chiffon, and lace. There were also cool details like beading, lace and hand-cut petal embellishments.
For the most part, I really enjoyed this collection. It was very well rounded in that it included everything from a chic white cocktail dress, to a floor length taupe gown, and stylish pale pink capri pants with a blue cami. The set design was also cool as well because the collection was shown presentation style and the set made it seem like the models were lounging in a garden in France.
However, I was disappointed with the casting choices as there wasn’t much diversity being that there were no models of color. I always look at the casting choices (it’s the PR girl in me) because the models you cast represent your target market or client, so if you only cast a certain type of model it makes others feel like they couldn’t wear your collection. And trust, this collection could be worn by any and everyone. With a simple yet chic color palette and so many diverse pieces, there’s something for everyone. In essence, hopefully we’ll see more diversity in the casting next season with the modern elegance that is Fotini.
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