Venexiana, the brainchild of talented designer Kati Stern had its Fall-winter 2012 collection presentation at Lincoln centre during New York Fashion Week on February 11 in NYCZ. Even though Kati stern put up a great show but the overindulgence in details made the crowd have mixed emotions. While some couldn’t get their eyes off and loved the gowns made for the “princess of today”, the others felt that the hardwork was not channelized in the right direction and in the right way. She offered details of beading, feathers, lace, velvet, chiffon and fur and used them on rich fabrics in gold, silver, black and red along with some bright colors.
Influenced by two loves of her life, architecture and music this collection exuded flamboyance and extravagance. The 70’s inspired collection had an array of royal cocktail and evening gowns.
Lace, sequins and crystals adorned the back of the dresses and showed off these 19th century hairstyles. The models held their breath and waited patiently for 25 minutes each for their hairdo to get complete and transform them into ladies walking out of a Renaissance painting. The hairstyle designs were the efforts of Jeffrey Reitz, Philip Pelusi and their team. The inspiration behind the collection was Italian Renaissance and the same was reflected in these hairstyles.
This romantic updo was niche and made a comeback with beautiful references from Venice and the Renaissance period. The hair was divided into sections and the front part was crimped. The front appeared with an evident centre parting with a V-shape pattern in the front and the back hair was twisted high into a bun.
The architectural references were reflected in the layering, the empire top knots and the braids circling the model’s heads. These classic and elegant hairstyles were same for every model with slight 2-3 variations done for 21 models walking down the runway.
This was the sixth collaboration of the hairstylists with Kati and they put up a great show with this Venetian top-knot hairdo done using organic products.
They struck a balance between science and nature, and it was shown with a drape of cascaded waves along with a mixed media of textures.
The makeup was kept fairly simple as the locks were treated and dressed up well. The nude look was applied on the face with a beautiful clear skin and lipgloss put on the lips to create a pretty pout.
The eyes were the main focus with two sets of lashes on every girl, attached on the outer corner of the eyes, above the eyelid for extra drama. The couture look had smoky eyes, created with a dimension in the centre of the eye using gold color mixed with water put in the corner and sealed with black on top. The eyes were further highlighted with lots of mascara and the modern day-renaissance look was achieved.
Nevertheless, the ensembles were a treat for the eyes and we would have surely missed something wondrous in this life if we did not witness this show.