Pavoni Fall Winter 2013
One of my favorite collections; every season, the PAVONI Fall 2013 line of red carpet worthy gowns is not only a wearable menage of intensely beautiful dresses but an ode to what celebrities should look like for the up-coming seasons star studded events. Through tulle as light as air, decorative silks as delicate as fine bone china and brilliant crystal beading as captivating as stars in the sky, PAVONI took us on a walk through time from 1930’s bourgeoisie to the glitzy parties of today.
I felt this collection could most easily be broken up into three categories. Opulence, for the truly over-the-top looks that had more sparkle than the Milky Way. Then there is the Romance factor which really sets PAVONI apart from some of the other labels in Canada and beyond. And finally with a name like PAVONI (which literally means peacock) you have to have Glamour, which Mike Derderian, creative director and co-founder and Gianni Falcone, President and co-founder have in spades. I’ll start with the Luxurious looks…
Opulence: Luxury: wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living.
The collection opened with a dress that could be epitomized as a young ladies favorite dress that her father should never catch her in. Not because of how revealing it was, but rather, because of the was the nude silk and Swarovski crystals created the illusion of scandal. But this wasn’t the only dress dripping with diamonds, many of the flowing gowns were shining bright like diamonds for PAVONI Fall Winter 2013 2014 and many more were made with silvery whites and metallics that exuded splendor with every move of the models.
Romance: Inclined toward or suggestive of the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.
The title of the collection was “L’age D’or” (or The Golden Age) which was a French film created in 1930 about the insanity of modern day life yet it took a look into the hypocrisies of the bourgeoisie and was WAY beyond its time as it depicted an intimate scene between a man and a woman. Albeit the film was quite surrealistic but through the madness you could see their unwavering romance.
Throughout the collection there were a number of gowns made with gold toned silk covered with gems that appeared as though they could be champagne diamonds. These of course added to the homage to “The Golden Age” but also to the resonant feeling that this was altogether quite heartfelt.
Glamour: Alluring beauty or charm that is sexually attractive.
Of course the word “glam” is thrown around all too frequently throughout fashion week but none more fitting than at the PAVONI show. “That’s so glam” said a photographer sitting behind me at the show… snap snap snap… “So Glam!” they repeated. They were right, the feeling when seeing a tall slender model walk the runway in a dress that takes up the entire runway makes you feel glamorous and as though only champagne could quench your thirst.
The silhouettes were all over the map this season which was of course completely intentional (according to Mike Derderian when I got to speak with him after the show) and I loved that they had a high hemline in the front and a train that sweeps the floor for a few feet in the back on some of the dresses. Sure it was risky, but it shows knowledge of the industry and growth in the line itself.
And speaking of growth, the line is exploding internationally and commanding the level of respect it deserves. So proud of these guys for creating a line that truly is remarkable in every way. So much respect. I’m sure we’ll be seeing them show their collections in New York and Paris in no time flat if they so choose to.
It was nice to grab a shot with the masterminds behind the collection after the show.
So many fierce celebs in attendance.
Photos by Matthew St. James and direct runway shots from Jenna Marie Wakani