Goga Ashkenazi did it. On Wednesday she sent out a beautiful collection that was both modern and very Vionnet - think pleating, bias cut, floating silks, a touch of lace and Doigs paintings combined. Whether it an atmosphere, live music or the fact that deep inside I consider everyone from the former USSR (or Russian speaking) a part of my family thus secretly wishing Goga would eventually pull it off - this collection really spoke to me.
I loved the harmony that caressed the eye, the silhouettes, details, minimal jewellery, and, of course, the pleated leather sandals. Finally I felt content for, until now, the inner disagreement of not giving up on Ashkenazi's efforts mixed with some runway mishaps was killing me inside...
This time was a whole new story, an exciting chapter of the house history - I wanted to touch the clothes and wear them - to experience what it would be like to "walk in beauty"...
And if you are wondering why I keep referring to the quote, it is simply because the Byrons poem was one of the elements that inspired this dreamy, pure and elegant collection.
She walk in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o're that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
Photo source: Vionnet Spring/Summer 2016 via vogue.com & stylebistro.com