ON AURA TOUT VU: OTOHIME
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February 2, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Images Courtesy of On Aura Tout Vu
Paris, France – This season one has to do a bit of research in order to fully appreciate the new Spring/Summer 2017 couture collection at On Aura Tout Vu. The house has named its collection, Otohime (乙姫?), as a homage to the Japanese sea goddess. She is the beautiful daughter of Ryūjin, the god of the sea. Also known as Toyotama-hime (豊玉姫?), in Japanese mythology she is the “Lady Bountiful Soul“).
Livia Stolanova and Yassen Samouilov, who are co-founders and co-artistic directors at On Aura Tout Vu, decided to take the mythology angle further to include elements of Greek mythology, and thus a strong influence of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
In each collection done at On Aura Tout Vu, there is always one underlined leitmotif that always captures more of my imagination than the actual silhouettes. For most it would be a passing detail. However for a skilled set of eyes, these singular elements are always the real unsung hero upon whose success the entire collection usually depends. This season our hero is formed in the lapels. Elaborately done, their structure demands that the eyes always return to them and no matter how strong the rest of the look is.
Stolanova and Samouilov have successfully merged together these very different legends of both Japanese and Greek into this harmonious tale of couture. In it we stand witness to how pearls, shells, abalone, iridescent materials, silks and crepes create shapes of fluidity and structure. The highly rising collars and the elongating figures have been embellished by the massive amounts of shells and mother of pearls. The result is one of success !