Sunday, June 22, 2014

Barbra Kolasinski Fall 2014

A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Barbra Kolasinski has delved deep into her Scottish ancestry and combined this with a delightful palette of pastels, faux fur and ruffles to deliver a Comme-esque collection that is thoughtful as it is sickly girly sweet. I draw the comparison because of the shapeless, bold silhouettes of the trousers and skirts, as well as the vague shapeless form of the model's  messy hair.
Did anyone else notice the similarity between the model and Suzy Bishop from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom or am I just delirious from too much study and exam stress? At first I noticed the blue eyeshadow and then the features of the face became more and more like everyone's favourite troubled teenage hero. In any case I think that comparison works well, strengthening the ties to traditional Scottish clans and warring tribes on cold moors. But this has a distinctively modern flavour, lost in a sea of frou frou cuteness.

Fur was the other dominant feature of this collection delivered in a variety of styles from pure fluffy pink capes and clutches, to marabou puff boudoir slippers and even gorgeous dip-dyed dresses. Everything was exquisite but all managed to stem from a very traditional origin which made it seem all the more amazing to me. Time and time again we hear things like "everything has already been done" but now I'm beginning to believe that all that is a myth and if I look hard enough, if I have renovated eyes I too can breathe new life into my drawings or my outfits and discover new ways of representing things. And that is something worth fighting for.


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