Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Hermione de Paula.
London based designer Hermione de Paula's elaborately printed garments may be bursting with florals of every plant species known to man, but they're hardly designed for shrinking violets. Her spring collection, appropriately named "Darlingtonia's Obsession" (who wouldn't be obsessed upon first sight), is a prime example of her work. The designer rarely strays from her favorite blossoming subject, and the florals that she presents are more likely to evoke a trippy, Alice in Wonderland-style Audubon-redux than a casual summer stroll in the garden. The vivid and fantastical prints are slightly reigned in by the refined tailoring, which is sensual, soft, and decidedly feminine, without being revealing or overtly sexual. While your eyeballs do double duty trying to take in all the visual information, make sure to take a good look at the shoes: a collaboration with Nicholas Kirkwood, for whom de Paula consults on prints. I'll take one of each please.