Saturday, September 29, 2012

Norisol Ferrari Spring '13

Once you walked into The Studio at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Norisol Ferrari, you could already sense that the show would be different. The raised platform that allowed visibility from every spot in the room, standing or sitting, was just one of the signs that Ferrari is attentive to her audience. This ready-to-wear collection focused on channeling the energy of "strong, confident women who command attention, desire, and respect," and was inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, and Rita Moreno.




There is a certain sophisticated and chic essence of the French that Norisol Ferrari tried to capture for spring. As the models sashayed down the runway to classic French tunes, it was obvious they had been instructed to walk with more emphasis on the sway than speed. The beautiful structured hats, fine tailoring, and curve-hugging clothing were all pieces designed to enhance the confident woman.



What better way to display the strength of women than to have fashion icons strut the runways themselves? Norisol demonstrated that beauty and age is not an inverse relationship, as supermodels Carol Alt, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Karen Bjornson, and Alva Chinn all owned the runway. 


Norisol adhered to a neutral color palette with beige, black, white and grays, and used luxurious fabrics like satin and leather to produce a timeless and elegant line. I loved that she used a variety of figures and age on the runway to reflect a confidence attainable for all women.

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