December 31, 2016
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Romanian Fashion Philosophy
Antwerp, Belgium – In her new collection for Spring/Summer 2017, Romanian womenswear designer Mirela Diaconu made some odd decisions. First off one notes the heavy use of velvets in the collection, which raises an alarm bell. Yes, the earlier months of spring are often still cooler than the summer months. But is that enough to justify the quantities of velvet used in this collection?
The designer’s entire collection is composed pretty much of dresses and skirt ensembles. Most of them are very nice. The printed, long party dress in silk with camisole top and spaghetti straps is just such an example. The shamrock green, sleeveless long gown is another example too with its deep plunging neckline and feather appliqués. This writer’s favorite look comes in two piece formal ensemble all in black. It is of a smoking blazer cut in velvet. Worn over a simple skirt cut in lingerie lace, its makes a compelling argument for sexiness and style.
Unfortunately, Mirela Diaconu neglects part of her silhouettes. The results sometimes in some looks having shaky proportions issued bad cutting.