For Guy Laroche’s latest offerings for Fall 2013, designer Marcel Marongiu takes inspiration from German-American actress and style icon Marlene Dietrich and all of her irresistible feminine wiles — with a modern twist of course. From leather accented dresses with thigh-high slits to crystal-embellished harnesses simultaneously displaying kink and glamour, the collection plays with female power; a stylish woman’s daytime wardrobe all the way to what she might sport in her darkest fantasies.
Shearling is a large focus on coats, structured capes, dresses, and a crop top and skirt combination that pushes along the retro-inspired trend from Spring 2013.
Pops of color shine through in shades of fuchsia and grape, breaking up the collection’s dark color palette.
A femme fatale is just rendered a femme without leather, thus Marongiu piles it on with wide-leg trousers, sheer leather-trimmed blouses, skirt suits in the edgy material, and even some dresses which a Hollywood starlet or two will fall hopelessly in love with.
The only print that plays on the designs is a very modern camo pattern, splashed on silky dresses only. These are some of the most wearable pieces in the offerings and certainly the most appropriate choices for day-to-night wear.
With all the skin shown on the red carpet these days, I don’t see the brand’s mesh dresses and crystal harnesses as far-fetched choices for movie premieres and star-studded parties. My favorite pieces are an embellished cutout dress and two navy suits that would be quite simple save for nothing but harnesses layered underneath: opposite sides of the coin but all great ways to make a statement.