Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Empire at the End of the Decadence

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of stopping by the Verlaine studios to preview the Fall collection. While I had browsed through the lookbook, most predominantly black collections fail to register very well in photographs, and I couldn't really get a sense of the dense textures, angular dimensions, luxurious hidden details, and of course, the general grandeur of the garments. Designed by a small collective of designers, each piece is put together with meticulous attention to details. For example, one pair of paneled pants is made up of over sixty pattern pieces, and the interior seam bindings are hand-dyed even though they are invisible from the outside. While the garments are constructed with clean lines and have a minimalist feel, they also carry a sense of high drama, and my favorite pieces include a floor-sweeping cocoon-like wool coat that envelopes the wearer, and an extra chunky hand-knit sweater that feels like it weighs about twenty pounds.


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sara zucker said...

ugh, i am so angry at myself for missing this opportunity. i had plans that night! looking at your photos (and garbage dress') has me envious that you got to see those clothes up close. so much beauty.

Megan Hattie said...

How lovely, I wish I could see all of the details in person! I love the ground sweeping coat and dresses, and the beautiful gathered parts of the dresses. So gorgeous!


AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Beautiful inspiration! I would love some of those knitted pieces for my own closet.

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anne said...

I just heck your jewelry shop!it's great!

Brandon said...

Damn Verlaine? They're based here in NY? Where? I know I mostly roll out of bed looking like a print/colour freak but I do love great black pieces mixed in too. There is something verrrry CDG about some of these designs though. It's like if Rei acknowledged sex haha.

Steph said...

So glad you came to the Open House! I unfortunately wasn't there since I had to take care of stuff for another client but it really is an incredible collection. There really is a lot of attention to detail put into each piece.