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December 29, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of RFPFW
Antwerp, Belgium – Ioana David is one of the designers to participate in the inaugural first edition of the Romanian Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week. This event was held in October in beautiful Bucharest, Romania. The interesting thing about her is that her work for Spring/Summer 2017 is far different from that of most of the collections shown during the event. Instead of doing pure ready-to-wear, the designer is clearly flirting with the creative elements that fashion critics such as I more often find in more complex bodies work. That is to say, couture.
I’ve decided against publishing a traditional fashion review of the collection. Instead I believe that a more intimate approach may do more justice to this designer’s work. With that said, the following are the important points that I noticed most about Ioana David ‘s collection. They appear exactly as I typed them into this article’s template in backoffice of TheFashionInsider.com Magazine. I wrote them as I sat live for the show:
- The collection is built on a backdrop of black velvets.
- Lots of shorts dresses.
- Lots of conversion pieces in this collection.
- Very clear attempts made at creativity instead of “ready-to-wear” shapes.
- Lots of really good ideas. However, the designer lacks the technical savoir-faire needed to properly execute her designs and to skilfully bring them into reality.
- Black and White are the colors that dominate this collection. In fact all others are absents.
- Conversion appear on the sleeves for the most part.
- Though this collection has many improvements to make, one should not lose heart.
- This is 100% normal for young and inexperienced designer. In fact, Ioana David is more than a simple designer.
- Her ideas are clearly those of a young and budding couturier !
So as one can see, I make a strong and very objective characterisation of Ioana David ‘s work. One can also see that I like the fact that she is willing to experiment. This willingness to experiment means ostensively that the work cannot be classified as that for general everyday wear. This is good.
Ioana David shows real potential. However her own ability to objectively look at her technical weaknesses in terms of how she constructs her pieces and her desire to improve upon them will determine how well she develops in the future.