Grace and sensuality are classic traits of feminine beauty.
And while we live in a progressive world of gender neutral styles and unisexuality, a slight nudge in the direction of timeless class and vivid imagery of Aphrodites and fairies is always charming. Such was the sensuality of the bridal inspired collection by Rosenthal Tee, which painted a vivid picture of entirely floral metaphors.
Rosenthal Tee is one of the youngest and one of the very few Filipino designers to present at New York Fashion Week (NYFW). With a focus on bridal wear, her signature styles borrow on the voluptuousness of well draped gowns, and always include sheer fabrics to epitomize elegance of the feminine form.
The Spring/Summer 2017 collection was, as always, a mesh of literal mesh, floral and lace gowns. But unlike her contemporaries, she chose primarily bridal hues of white, interlaced with some sheer black and light blue fabrics, to create monotone pieces that exuded the grace of saying “I do”. And even if not bridal, they made for stunning showstopper pieces that could be adorned by the modern, confident and feminine woman.
One of my favorite pieces was an all over mesh gown which blended into a bodice, with only florals scattered all over it to showcase that the model was actually wearing something. Like an ethereal nymph of the woods, the effect of sheer was anything but subtle, and inevitably memorable. Taking the same style to renaissance times by adding puffed sleeves and an extended ruffles on the skirt created a more statement piece for classy black-tie cocktail nights.
Keeping to a monotone theme, there was ample use of feathers and ruffles in richly embroidered and applique gowns made of silks, raw silks, terra cotta and cottons. Using free-flowing silhouettes, the focus was on voluminous dresses, almost all off-shouldered or backless, to exude a sexy feminine quality that left onlookers incessantly gaping.
One stunning oversized bow on the front of the bodice was an immediate runway success, which I conjured visions of seeing at the next Academy Awards!
Taking a break from the whites were a few pieces littered with blue and green florets, or entirely sky blue sonnets for gowns. The theme remained similar: plunging necklines, backless bodices, sleeveless or off-shouldered cuts, and high cut slits. Floral appliques glistened on several gowns, like sparkling stars drawing attention to the skin show that preceded them. The designs were nonetheless exceptionally classy, and were commendable for marrying sultry with elegant.
Another favorite was a black lace gown which gave the illusion of the model wearing nothing underneath it’s transparency. Borderline lingerie and bedroom style, it was also a tribute to the nymphs of the woods, albeit by starlit nights, where florets would flirt with their picture perfect bodies. What could be more graceful?
Saturated in sensuality and transported into a world beyond imagination, the collection promised to linger in memories fairly endlessly.