Summary: The classic hourglass silhouettes of confident women was the focal inspiration of Norisol Ferrari‘s Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection. Streamlined shapes and feminine sheath dresses walked the catwalk in neutral tones with a small pop of “fire engine” red. The socialite in all of us would be pleased at what was shown. Draped silk dresses, wide lapels and bullet bustiers added classic 1950s-inspired shapes to cropped tops, boleros and hi-lo hem colorblock satin jackets. Slightly exaggerated shoulders and peplum silhouettes were almost too reminiscent of old Hitchcock movies in a bit of a costume-y way.
Attendees rose to their feet and applauded for models Carol Alt, Alva Chinn, Carmen Dell’Orefice and Karen Bjornson who commanded the runway and reminded everyone about what real modeling looks like, real curves and shapes alike. Without missing a beat, the classic models strutted the body-hugging silhouettes with ease.
One color instantly see that this was a clothing collection for the sophisticated woman. One who has no trouble showing off her womanly shape but has a certain modesty and charisma about her. The classic makeup with a simple black cat-eye, ruby red lips and a sleek chignon helped create a forever fashionable look. When the show started out with the first model walking in the exaggerated hat, I was almost worried that the show would take the era of decadence a step too far and render itself right into parody territory. Looking at the pieces as separates helped the collection as a whole, I think. Without the focus on just making sense of the collection without believing it plays upon itself too much, I think you can see the individual pieces for what they really are: very well-made, tailored timeless pieces.
Color Palette: black, white, cream, sand, red, silver, khaki, forest green
Fabrics & Textures: satin, silk, chiffon, silk crepe, leather, jersey
Key Looks: The Second Date; The Board Meeting; This is Not a Dress Rehearsal
– Taneisha Jordan