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February 15, 2017
Marcellous L. Jones
Images by Don Ashby
New York City (NY), USA – In New York City temperatures were on the rise during the weekend when the famed lingerie house La Perla presented its new collection for Fall Winter 2017/18. And with it we see the many possibilities for combining together the very separate worlds of ready-to-wear and luxury intimate wear. And for the presentation, the fashion house called upon powerhouse supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Jordan Dunn, Joan Small and the top model Kendall Jenner.
“Creative Director Julia Haart embarked on a creative exploration of nature seen through the eyes of the artist. The designer was inspired by the motif of the British garden as captured by painters throughout history”, according to La Perla. “Renaissance painters, Impressionists, Pop Art inventors and Post-Modern rebels all turned to the garden as a setting and consistent source of beauty in their world. From the lush foliage of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Lawrence Alma Tadema to the American modernism of Georgia O’Keeffe, blooms reimagined by the human hand are the consistent thread throughout this collection. There is only one subject more closely studied and more frequently rendered in art than nature, and that is the female form, which is the core inspiration in La Perla’s design DNA. Haart and her design team gave the fit and comfort of each piece the studied attention of an artist, endowing the collection with the sense that beauty comes not only from how the clothes look, but how women feel when they wear them.”
With this said it must be noted that though in only her second season as artistic director of the house, Julia Haart is well equiped and surrounded by a talented team to help bring the collection to life. Unfortunately, it appears that she did not take full advantage of the resources at her disposition. The collection lacks a clear and consistent message, and therefore really seems to be all over the place. Due to this, it is very hard to enjoy the work as a collection. So one would do much better in just breaking the looks down and appreciating them as individual pieces.