Basquesse at FW '09 - review
Basquesse at FW '09
Basquesse: A Raw, Earth Inspired Collection for Women not afraid to Shine.
Viviana Pannell – Basquesse head designer sits down post show and begins talking to me with her exotic Southern French accent... it oozes sensuality, strength and femininity. So when Viviana tells me that she designs with women like her in mind, it’s abundantly clear whom she inspires to move with the pieces she creates.
For her winter 2010 Mara Collection, Viviana was inspired by Africa, in particular the beauty of the trees and animal life of the Okavango and Masai Mara Delta.
The Collection was laden with leopard printed fabric off set with accents of red and leather embellishment. Vivianna describes the prominent leather detailing throughout as ‘a labour of love’ each piece in the leaves and flower inspired leather overlay jacket was individually cut and stitched together like a jigsaw puzzle. Long feather dresses sashayed down the catwalk, paying homage to the great ostrich that inhabit the Delta. Embroidered silk organza sleeves adorned two striking black coats – one full length, one to the knee, and a pair of gathered at the shin black silk pants had me taking a special note marking *buy* next to them on the run sheet.
The strong tribal influence was continued in knit dresses, superbly tailored pieces in textured fabric and the decadent Elley Grace sponsored jewellery. The finishing touches to many outfits were provided by Liza Foreman’s hand tailored hats and the artistry of the body shop makeup team who created a bold red lip teamed with a leopard detailed eye brought the entire collection together.
A Wild, Raw and Elegant collection.
Images ©Air New Zealand Fashion Week/Michael Ng