February 15, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Tony Ward
Paris, France – Tony Ward opens the Spring/Summer 2016 as an affair for sexy couture. He begins with a body covering gown in crepe with lavish embroideries and with a train. This is followed up by two sleeveless variations with black sequins embellishments.
In spite of the strong start that Tony Ward made in his presentation, it is clear that he has some work to do in terms of improving his draping technique. He has great clarity thought in manner in which he expresses his ideas. However his technique is greatly lacking in accomplishing his goals. As a result the defaults are too evident to the naked eye. Though he does a much better job at making the silhouettes that are cut and sewn, on cannot overlook the problem with the proportions.
This critic really wants to like the little two-piece lilac suit with the perky, bouncing skirt. But in all honesty it is far from being without its own share of technical problems. This is the case with the jacket, which falls very badly under the bust. This is exclusively due to either faulty pattern-making or poor final fittings. The back of it also falls poorly. This is a shame as Tony Ward did a such fine job of choosing beautiful fabrics and colors such as pastel blue in which to create.
The black movement of the collection sees the designer dedicated far more time and attention to the important details. The first of the black two-piece cocktail suit is beautiful. The gowns seem to be better crafted. They certainly look their best as they move through space and through time on the models’ body. This is exactly what we need to see more of from Tony Ward and nothing less.