Maria Grachvogel’s Cool Languid Lines for S/S’12

by Katie on September 20, 2011

Maria Grachvogel came to prominence in the early-Noughties thanks to a star turn on her catwalk from Victoria Beckham, and you can’t help but sympathise for Grachvogel now that Victoria’s £18,000 handbags attract more column inches than the self-taught designer’s assured collections. However, it must be said that this ludicrously-priced luggage features in more copy than the former Spice Girl’s solo singing career.

Asymmetric draping and a clean sorbet palette with bursts of acidic shades are the order of the day. Last season’s ethereal, hand-painted digital prints are now sharper and feature Art Deco florals, lightning flashes, and strips of snakeskin, cut to enhance Grachvogel’s cool, languid lines. The fluidity and plays on proportion and volume are the perfect antithesis to the prim Fifties silhouettes seen on other catwalks.

New investment means that the designer is to expand her business globally, and with that expansion comes new product. A footwear collaboration with Atalanta Weller ensures that the Grachvogel woman remains well-heeled in every sense, whilst the co-ordinating tote bags and armour-referencing Erickson Beamon jewellery provide equally attractive synergy.

Popular culture and fashion magazines may be increasingly celebrity-obsessed, but the only stars on the Maria Grachvogel catwalk these days are the clothes.
Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@Teamchutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog.
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