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Collina Strada FW23: On Eccentric Layering

The FW23 collection of Collina Strada introduces a fresh take on layering. Asymmetry, fabric and motif clashing, ruffles and pleats are all used in innovative ways to construct a visually engaging narrative. The collection features skirts over pants, bloomer pants, check and abstract patterns, pleated skirt belts, floral embroidery, puff details, and balloon silhouettes.

Designer Hillary Taymour reinterprets classic American sportswear while balancing her concerns about the economy as a small business owner. Taymour has envisioned versatile pieces that can be seamlessly integrated into any wardrobe and provide enduring style.

In a somewhat quirky twist, the collection incorporated models adorned with animal prosthetics. Some resembled dolphins or dogs, while others sported cute ears or fluffy tails, aptly aligning with the show’s title, “Please Don’t Eat My Friends”.

Key pieces included suits in brown and blue plaid cotton flannel and sage green Eco satin, each adorned with floral appliqué on the hems. Noteworthy were slim-leg geometric print jacquard pants paired with a burnout velvet dress, layered under a sporty tank, all accentuated with Taymour’s signature “pleated skirt belt”.

Notable additions were an oversized chunky sweater, a ski-inspired quilted jacket, and an indigo crushed velvet overcoat, all reinvented wardrobe classics. Taymour’s literal interpretation of animal prints stood out, seen in a fur-printed denim strapless dress paired with matching wide-leg cargo trousers, and a reptile-skin print satin tank paired with matching trousers and a deadstock checkered wool overcoat.

The collection was punctuated with fun moments, like a cameo from Taymour’s dog, Pow, whose face was printed on a t-shirt. A silk organza mini dress with a bee-infused floral print also made a great entrance.

The designer ventured into new exciting territory with formal gowns. Taymour shared her exploration of sleek silhouettes and silk satin use like in an asymmetric yellow gown.

The collection ended with a classicwhite satin dress, adorned with floral appliqués and a flowing hem, worn by Tommy Dorfman, leaving an unforgettable impression on the audience.


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