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By Rhonda Richford
Photos Courtesy of Baltic Fashion Federation
Riga, Latvia – The puzzle pieces came together for the Italian designer Naira Khachatryan, with modern, wearable dresses and pantsuits. Tactical pants being used as the motif for inspiartion. The designs are created in variations of jersey consistng of contrasting shades of deep colors such as wine, plum and slate. The treatments Khachatryan gave subtle shine or matte looks the fabrics. This results in a subtle variation between puzzle pieces that allowed just enough interest and movement in the simple to keep them from being boring.
This Fall Winter 2017/18 collection is in someways about textiles. With fashion becoming increasingly homogenous as women often seek comfort and utility, shapes are thus increasingly becoming more streamlined. So in this body of work the interest comes nearly exclusively from texture. Naira Khachatryan here uses her innovative materials to good effect.
Lurex — a natural fit for the Italian designer — has been seen all over the Italian runways this season. The skeleton pleating on long Lurex gowns works well, and fall right on trend for the season’s offerings. Khachatryan also pays very close attention to the pacing of the models. This had the unhappy effect of causing pileups during other shows in this space. However, she used it to her advantage to show off the looks for a calmer catwalk.