July 6, 2015
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos by Peter Stigter
Paris, France – Dutch designer ILJA shows a very interesting couture collection for Fall/Winter 2015/16 that oscillates between structure and architecture with bursts of fluidity. It is about dresses that hold firm to the body as they descend from shoulder downwards.
Though feminine we find no frills such as lace and embroideries. Rather there are pointed shoulders, strict volume with little to no movement and lots of forms. This is all achieved through the use of silk organza, jersey and knits. The colors vary but particular attention is given to shades of blue, black and peach flesh.
The structure in the shoulders is remarkable. It is the reflection of the control that the collection would exhibit from start to finish. We find bustiers, long and pockets that have been hidden within the giant folds of the material.
And though hough one will generally remember this as a collection of dresses, there actually are quite a few pants sets, shorts and jumpsuits too in the collection to end the celebration of style.