We had the pleasure to be invited to view the spectacular SS15 show from award-winning Malaysian fashion designer Bernard Chandran. Having Lady Gaga in his fan base made me want to see the show even more, especially to see if the clothes were actually wearable. I was positively surprised to see pieces adoring female silhouette, and transforming the city girl into an Urban Goddess. The collection altered ordinary fabric into Greek sculpture with the application of delicate pleats and draping. A heavy use of digitally printed silks and asymmetric cuts added a futuristic touch to divine spectacle of dreamy nude chiffon dresses flowing from the catwalk.
The collection called ‘Venus in the Daytime’ was inspired by the classic technique of 1940’s Parisian designer Madame Grès who was famed for her pleated, ‘Greek goddess’, and sculptural gowns. Chandran used the traditional silk jersey alongside a mixture of leather, lace, cotton, silk and cork that adds a modern twist to the classical antiquity of the flat pleat.
Bernard’s spring summer palette was made up of bold reds, subtle blues and juicy yellowish shades as well as staple nudes, white, black and orange hues. Even with his modern interpretation Bernard Chandran has retained an aura of purity that transcends the eras, and offers a sheer indulgence and femininity. The collection was complimented by slightly androgynous hair and makeup with models featuring nude dewy look and sleek polished ponytails.
Written by Gosia Krajewski