Art Deco Mania
For some time, I have been seeing a lot of 1920’s influences in bridal wear and jewellery and after watching the 2013 Oscars – with many of the stars wearing sleek sequenced “old Hollywood” dresses – it’s evident that the big fashion houses have looked to Art Deco for inspiration. Naomi Watt’s dress by Armani Privé left me speechless – elegantly bringing together sparkling grey sequences with an amazing silhouette cut along the bust-line leaving one shoulder bare. Naeem Khan, who dressed Stacy Keibler in a silver-studden gown, has in my opinion one of the strongest SS’13 collections inspired by the theme. Art Deco is typically identified by either a very feminine and decadent look including sequin embellishments, feathers, diamond prints, fan shape prints, scallop edges, swan prints OR equally interesting, by more masculine elements like bold geometric patterns including spheres, polygons, rectangles, trapezoids, zigzags and chevrons (which we seen a lot of recently!), vivid duo coloured blocks patterns and gold, chrome and plastic surfaces, both which I’m sure we will se more of in the seasons to come. Beyond all the glitz and glamour, Art Deco was an influential visual arts movement, which first appeared in France during the 1920s and flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, affecting many areas of design like fashion, architecture, graphic arts, industrial design and cinema.
Naeem Khan SS’13