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December 29, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of RFPFW
Antwerp, Belgium – Marie Ollie is just one of a number of Romanian fashion houses to impress at the very first edition of the Romanian Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week in Bucharest. Though there are some things that need to be developed and rethought, no one can doubt that her work has great merit.
In the collection Marie Ollie ‘s artistic director Arthur Dinu presents various silhouettes that range from daywear, to lovely gowns, lingerie inspirations and lots of skirts. Among the first to catch the eye of this writer is a nice pantsuit that appears to be clearly designed for daywear and meetings. However, with a simple change of heels, bags and accessories, its wearer can effortlessly convert it into a look that is more than appropriate for a posh dinner setting.
The collection is dominated by dresses. Many have volumes and are treated to a variety of proportions. The A-line cuts in the skirts provide some compelling options for women. Marie Ollie also creates options with long pencil skirts and trousers with high-rising waistlines. These creations are paired with blouses that are created in chiffon or that even feature large bows.
One also must take not of the silvery wrap dress cut à la Diane von Furstenberg. This is a nice statement piece as is the lingerie-inspired pieced such as the fur-trimmed boudoir robe in shamrock green.
Marie Ollie has created very attractive pieces in her body of work for Spring/Summer 2017. However this writer is reluctant to quality it as a “collection”. For such to happen, there has to be a clear message and purpose that unites the work as a whole. This simply is not universally the case here and with many pieces having absolutely no link to others (i.e. the red gown and the long body-hugging crepe skirt presented among the last pieces).
Cohesion is an area in which the designer is going to have to improve. However, that does not void the fact that the designer’s sexy ideas for women provided some of the top highlights of the season