Elisa Palomino’s Elegant and Timeless Collection for S/S’12

by Katie on February 3, 2012

Those of us who expect the cutting edge and avant garde from the bi-annual Vauxhall Fashion Scout showcase will have been somewhat taken aback by the presentation of Elisa Palomino’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection. An appearance by venerable vintage maven Virginia Bates on the front row may have been a clue that we were witnessing something much more special than the standard emerging East London design studio which the showcase specialises in.

Elisa Palomino has an impressive pedigree. In the eight years following her graduation from Central Saint Martins, Palomino has worked for a string of prestigious European design houses, including Moschino, Cavalli, John Galliano, and Christian Dior Haute Couture. Her first signature collection, launched at New York Fashion Week in 2010, was snapped up by Domenico Dolce and Stefana Gabbana for their Spiga 2 store.

The main themes of Palomino’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection are the twin Victorian obsessions of Chinoiserie and fairy-themed art, as well as a focus on the traditional textiles techniques from the designer’s Spanish homeland, including a modern take on the traditional Manila shawl. This translates as ethereal, gauzy gowns with couture-level detail worn with dramatic headpieces by Barcelona designer Angel Amor.

Trailing floral embroidery snakes around one chiffon gown, whilst others are made entirely of intricate floral crochet, or a cascade of romantic ruffles.

This elegant and timeless collection is strictly Triple A-List red carpet territory. Elisa Palomino’s star is on the ascendant dear readers – remember where you heard her name first.

Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog.
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