Entering the Candela FW2013 presentation was like stepping into Wonderland. The room was in complete darkness, heavy black drapes enshrouding the walls. The models were arranged like mannequins among canvasses and vintage furniture in the center, the whole scene reminiscent of an artist’s studio. Designer Gabriela Perezutti was buzzing around the crowd, weaving in and out of the models, turning them toward the cameras to show the intricate details of the garments.
The collection was a fusion of art deco and rustic, a study in textures and detailing. Chiffon dresses were enveloped in oversized woven cardigans, wool beanie hats were adorned with 1920s crystal tiaras, intricately beaded flapper dresses were layered with chunky knits. Perezutti's Uruguayan roots were immediately evident in the pampas embroidered tights and leather and suede boots, as well as in the fringing on an oversized sweater. I overheard her explaining that she'd had something of a sweater obsession this time around. Her favorite piece in the entire collection was probably the most understated -- a grey sweater with a Victorian-style cotton embroidered front.
The signature piece was a floor length, backless silk blush evening gown with a pleated train and beautiful art-deco beading. To stay true to the overall aesthetic, Perezutti paired it with a cable knit beanie, positioning the model in front of a full-length mirror to fully show off her handiwork.
The joy in every Candela collection is the wearability of the garments – they’re sumptuously soft and beautifully detailed, the very clothes you want to live your life in. Fall 2013 can’t come soon enough.
[see a slew of Isobel's beautiful photos after the jump!]
photos: Isobel Markham
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