A.W.A.K.E. by Natalia Alaverdian
October 08, 2013 Paris
Poultry plus gaudy florals should not be a recipe for fashion success, but this collection was bursting with charm, and somehow, Alaverdian managed to keep the quirk factor to a minimum. A lot of that had to do with the collection's restrained shapes, which Alaverdian had reined in quite a bit from last season. There was a nice sense of volume here, but expressed in small gestures rather than grand. A pair of culottes, for instance, featured a broad side pleat that opened them up and gave them a sense of movement. Those culottes were a standout; other winners here included the drapey silk suit in white and the crisp pleated cotton dresses. And though the collection's graphic rooster print could have been used a bit more sparingly, it was hard to argue with its appeal in taut pencil skirts and dresses or a kicky little A-line shift in jacquard. Alaverdian was in the business of making realistic clothes this season. They were accessible, but they had a nice little strut.