I have a tendency to love frilly and girly clothing, but there is something about Toni Francesc that makes me fantasize about having a grown up office job and going to business dinners with clients. He always manages to evoke an element of nature in his designs while keeping them sophisticated and urban.
In his Fall/Winter 2011 show “Grauda”, Francesc combined clean sharp tailoring with beautifully flowing silk pieces to tell the story of the Phoenix, a bird that is reborn every 500 years through fire. Often used as a symbol of immortality and beauty, the phoenix is the perfect definition of the Toni Francesc woman. Vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow popped against sturdy ash grays and blacks to create a stunning image of a bird rising out of the ashes. The fabrics danced around the models’ bodies like flames. The fiery yet feminine looks were paired with feathery eyelashes and strong red lips, radiating an inner cool, an ease of confidence and grace. I can’t help but be drawn, like a moth to a flame, to this collection
Modern Glossy had all-access to Toni Francesc’s Spring Fashion show at Lincoln Center earlier this month. See the High Definition video for backstage preparations, hair and make up, and his runway show. Filmed by Stevyn Llewellyn.
From the stark experimental mechanical soundtrack to the androgynous robotic look of the models, Toni Francesc took us out of Bryant Park and into his world of “Artificial Life.” A world of Man vs. Machine; an even more cybermodern version of “Blade Runner” – a world of angular shapes, slim silhouettes, metallic greys, and rusted metal hues. Heightened exaggerated shoulders added to the cyborg aspect of his collection, along with his monochromatic business suits and accessories made out of exposed computer elements. Although not for the faint of heart, his chic streamlined collection gives one the strength to face any modern obstacle. —Nari Kim Photos by Stevyn Llewellyn [svgallery name=”toni_francesc_fall2010″]
Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week featuring finales by Milly by Michelle Smith, Vassilios Kostetsos, Gottex, Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, Doo.Ri, Tibi, Toni Francesc, Narciso Rodriguez, and Venexiana. Filmed by Stevyn Llewellyn
[svgallery name=”toni_francesc_spring10″] Toni Francesc presented his spring 2010 show at Bryant Park during Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Jewel and earth tones were prominent as well as draped and architectural silhouettes with unconventional details paired with nearly transparent accessories. See the designers website here. Photos By Stevyn Llewellyn for Modern Glossy.