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Corina Vladescu: Subtle Energy

Corina Vladescu in his “Noir” Fall/Winter 2011/12 Collection, presented at Athens Fashion Week, gave her modest but elegant version of 70’s chic, inspired by style icons such as Diana Vreeland, Gabrielle Coco Chanel, Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger and Kate Moss. Neutral colors, transparencies, subtle details and excellent tailoring made up a relaxed, natural approach to femininity while more classical features such as the rounded School Age collars, the folds and the frills, the satin bows and the blazers reserved the sexy part of the outfits for those with rampant imagination. Highlights contrary to this vintage-loving attitude were the sparkling tight pants, the loose tank tops and the cool shorts torn in their finish. Amid those feminine elements, one could easily find those ones applied originally in menswear, especially in shirt-making. For that matter some of the looks could perfectly fit into a corporate environment while others would call for some tiny modifications in order to be perfect for such an occasion. I am not thrilled with this collection, mostly because this 70’s style can take excellent, exquisite forms such as those suggested this season (S/S 2011) by beloved Tory Burch. Nevertheless, nice tailoring in combination with a basic palette, just right for next season, can upgrade these pieces into well-made wearable stuff, attractive to girls over 30 and partially to even younger. If you need a polished, low-profile but still interesting style, I full-heartedly recommend it.
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