Elizabeth Kennedy ’s Spring collection dazzles. At the urging of Bergdorf Goodman, Elizabeth debuted her first evening wear collection in 2012. Prior to that she designed in-demand couture for BG’s clients and headed Donna Karen Atelier. For the Spring 2018 RTW collection she mentions René Magritte as a creative influence.
"I just want to take you to my world,” read the show notes at Reem Acra’s Spring 2016 show. Acra, a Lebanon native, wanted to show who she was in this collection by combining her past and present life. She transplanted us to a Middle Eastern glamour fairy tale straight out of 'One Thousand And One Nights', where some of the gowns were definitely fit for a queen.
There were also more bohemian, through-the-looking-glass versions of gowns that were common in the ’60s.
“A botanical menagerie of caged birds” was the inspiration for Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s feminine Marchesa spring lineup. And while it was frothy with its pale pinks, greens and yellows, there was also a darker, romantic mood weaved throughout.
There were fluffy feathered skirts, 3-D embroideries of flora and fauna, artfully arched modesty-preserving wings. Bird and petal motifs rendered in 3-D embroidery imbued movement and texture to the lineup’s dramatic evening gowns.
With voluminous skirts featuring layers of dip-dyed tulle in an ombré of pastels, the gowns, some decorated with back bows and lace-up detailing, were nothing short of exquisite.