Carlotta Actis Barone A/W 2013 by Isabelle Mattern
Carlotta Actis Barone took a surprising new direction for her A/W 2013 show at London Fashion Week: last season she sent ballet dancers in giant brightly coloured wigs down the catwalk, but this time she stuck to the basic format and colour was replaced with this season’s biggest trend: simple monochrome. Instead of ruffles and elaborate boning there were chic figure hugging pieces with cut out details. Pieces were chic and elegant, structured and loose fitting, but in true Carlotta Actis Barone style her designs celebrated the female form; curves were enhanced by structured shoulders and sinuous tailoring at the bust and hip.
Carlotta Actis Barone A/W 2013 by Chloe Douglass
Models were elegant with 1930’s inspired chignons and a sassy stride. Gossamer light chiffon hung in pleats to reveal perfect pins, or in daggered panels to reveal a subtle flash of chest. Constructed dresses featured black and white geometric tailoring in reference to Cubism and Dadaism. Contrasting textures were used to represent the complexity of the female mind, and this beautiful collection certainly complimented the fairer sex.
Carlotta Actis Barone A/W 2013 by Angela Lamb
Carlotta Actis Barone’s hallmark bodysuit included the work of artist Manuela Corti and was adorned with the slogans ‘Fashion Forgery’ and ‘Fashion Clockwork’. This appears to be a statement about the copycat culture which is rife in the industry, but luckily this is not an issue that Carlotta faces, since her collections are surprisingly different each season and certainly do not lack originality.
Carlotta Actis Barone A/W 2013 by Pia Bramley
Carlotta Actis Barone A/W 2013 by Isher Dhiman
All photography by Amelia Gregory.
Angela Lamb, Carlotta Actis Barone, Chiffon, Chloe Douglass, Cubism, Dadaism, Fashion Clockwork, Fashion Forgery, Freemasons' Hall, geometric, Isabelle Mattern, Isher Dhiman, Manuela Corti, Pia Bramley, tailoring
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