The magnetic dress
Cristina Sabaiduc was spotted on the Mass Exodus runway this year, but she saved her best for FAT. I am speaking about a dress that utilized tiny magnets for reshaping to your heart's content. At first glance, the dress read as more of a blob, but to close the show, Romandin surprised the audience with a second showing - it seemed like the perfect opportunity to clap, but the show wasn't over.
Two black-clad fashion helpers grabbed the mass of fabric and tugged, changing the dress from an above the knee party dress to a full length gown. Magnets made shifting silhouettes effortless - it can be worn by anyone, in any style. Contemporary and wearable, Christina's Romandin collection tops the looks at this weeks showing without a doubt.
Other highlights included the use of varying textures - thick globs of paint over chicken wire sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it worked. A cape had more movement than you'd expect from the weight of the abstract paint job and a perfectly Pollock party dress underneath is a conversation starter for your next big to do.
Given the nature of chicken wire, it seems like the worst possible choice for ready to wear clothing, but a pair of teal taffeta pants incorporated panels of the material, showing us that sheer or lace isn't the only way to achieve a sexy surprise detail.
Even ribbon trim was fresh - tacked on ribbon trim can sometimes cheapen a garment, but when woven with (what appeared to be) staples, shapes were created to emit a 3D puzzle effect. Eyes squinted, heads propped, and everyone was going for a second look to see what made these garments so texturally appealing. Romandin knows how to get a double take - not for a boob slip or blood bath, but detailing and exciting new evolutions of fashion that make me want to see more.
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