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Emilio de la Morena Focuses on the Party Dress for Fall 2014 (Runway Review)


The Inspiration: “Spanishness,” the designer told, adding that he was specifically inspired by Goya’s alleged mistress, the Duchess of Alba, and evoking her Baroque carnality in an updated fashion.

The Look: Focused on eveningwear, in particular the party dress, the collection was heavy on ruffles and velvets. Balanced more or less equally between dark neutrals and bright shades, including a hard-to-resist bubblegum pink, the silhouettes were mostly fitted with a few flared (think flamenco wear) skirts and mini dresses in the mix. Standouts included the dark opening velvet dress with a line of bright pink ruffles down the middle, monochrome velvet trousers and cropped jackets with oversized shoulders sculpted out of flat ruffles. Velvet aside, the designer also worked with dyed Mongolian fur and plastified silk that took on a PVC look.

The Accessories: Monochrome pointed velvet pumps and peep-toe shoes with an ankle strap came in a variety of colors.

The Beauty: The wet hair look ruled with hair side-parted and worn down. Brows were groomed, lips were neutral and eyes were heavily lined.  

The Takeaway: It's a safe prediction that the designer's ruffled velvet party dresses will be all over Net-a-Porter in the months to come.

All images: IMAXtree

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