Light sheens and airiness dominated the runway of the Spring 2010 Vassilios Kostetsos Show. The Greek designer’s line, aptly titled The Phidias-Kalos Pantarkes Collection, is a reference to the Greek sculptor Phidias, who enlisted a youth named Pantarkes to model the likeness of Zeus. A telling statement from the designer. The Spring collection had a strong, ethereal quality, with sheer gauzy overlays floating over form fitting strapless sheaths. Strong shoulders still commanded attention, suggesting goddess-like tendencies. Dresses were encrusted with semi-precious stones, floating over the strong silhouettes, almost severe underneath the wrapped gauze. Menswear were satin suits with knotted scarves—the sheen was quite beautiful and luminous. Metallics were also present, in geometric patterns/panels, and strong metallic corset belts cinched many of the goddess like mini-sheaths. Then suddenly, halfway through the collection, black gowns emerged, encrusted with sequins. The collection took a decidedly darker turn, almost rock and roll—I believe I saw a fringed motorcycle jacket over a bodysuit at one point.
All in all a lofty collection, that gleamed and shone and seemed spun from Olympian tales.
Photos by Stevyn Llewellyn