Chocolate. Amber. Cocoa. Blush. Color ruled the Rock and Republic runway! I should point out that the Rock and Republic Spring Collection was restrained to a palette of black and white. The models however, were every color of the rainbow. It was the best use of color I have seen in seasons!
The call to arms for diversity has been heralded by the people at Rock and Republic. For the Spring Collection a spectrum of beauties ranging from the mocha dazzler Chanel Iman (who opened the show) to Tawny skinned Dujan strutted down the glossy white catwalk. After much debate in the industry about the lack of diversity on the runway, it was encouraging to see the fruits of that dialogue move casting in a more progressive direction. The casting felt intentional but not forced. Face it, models are beautiful people. But more often then not when it comes to minority beauty we have seen only select portraits of that beauty: an ebony African model with her hair cropped short or a stick straight-raven haired, Asian model. There are nuances within minority beauty and they were on full display at last night show. One model after the next- another refreshing representation of diverse beauty. Now for the day when a line-up like this is run- of-the-mill.
Rock and Republic can always be counted of for a good time! The house lights go down. The speakers start pumping sexy remixes; music video lights descend from the rafters and its showtime! For those who secretly dream of being a rock star this collection is one stop shopping. Justin may have brought sexy back but Rock and Republic is certainly keeping it alive! The Spring ’09 collection lack none of the illustrious rock star wear we have come to expect. Leather, black and white glazed lean jeans and lots of skin bearing tops sailed down the runway. Bomber jackets revisited: this time think slick- no more bulk it’s all streamlined silhouettes (for the guys and the ladies alike). This is collection is not for the faint of heart so strut with caution.
Tracy Reese’s Spring 2009 collection is a romantic, safari adventure with Oriental undertones. This season, the designer sought to present the “brilliant progression” of nature in the springtime through “delicate, yet sophisticated pieces”.
A garden fantasy was created by splashes of lime, nectarine, and peacock blue while sparkling chandelier earrings and beaded tassel necklaces evoked a majestic celebration. The silhouettes were organic and refreshing – even pin-tucked and ruched pieces gave way to open sleeves and relaxed hems. A tropical breeze emerged in the form of mini lantern skirts, “Macau green” dresses, as well as high collar eyelet blouses, reminiscent of a traditional chipau.
Onyx and cream were softened in a concoction of satin cowls and chiffon floral appliqués. The solid one-shoulder gowns and cinched trenchcoats provided a lovely harmony to the watercolor blouson dresses and Van Gogh-inspired prints. Overall, it was a cheerful and optimistic portrayal of the evolution of spring.
Alexandre Herchcovitch stayed true to his affinity toward one world in his Spring 2009 presentation. The Brazilian designer aimed to juxtapose Western and Middle Eastern influences to create a “multi-ethnic” army. In the process, he conveys an inspiring and credible message of unity and peace.
The “Army of Love” collection represented a global village where a vision of integrated culture and compassion stood at the forefront. A legion marched down the runway in sheer, delicate “uniforms” of trim waistcoats with gold studs, patchwork tunics, and slouchy breeches. There was a hint of an aristocratic air, yet the floral embroidery and harness expressed a rustic sentiment. Tightly braided updos and buckled ankle boots completed the look.
I enjoyed how utilitarian details were reinterpreted in a more frivolous nature. Military influences became softened amid a sea of silk georgette, lace, and pastel shades of mint, lavender and taupe. Cascading ruffles replaced the ornamental epaulette and dainty paisley prints brought to mind insignias and badges.