So my friend linked me to a post on facebook about Gianni Molaro, a designer whom I've never heard of before or seen any of his work. His Spring/Summer 2012 collection shown in Alta Roma, has certainly given me a little insight in to the craziness that must adorn his mind.
We all know that Alexander McQueen's shows used to be filled with theatricals and statement pieces to shock the audience. Shocking factors in a fashion show gets coverage, gets media attention and Molaro has certainly got that this season - although I'm not quite sure he did this as entirely successfully as McQueen, but you can judge for yourself.
One of the first models to walk down the catwalk in his controversial show wore an ensemble with a single breast emblazoned onto the centre of the bodice of the top. Completed with a wide hipped, fishtail skirt with a cross over the crotch, it seems uncertain as to what he was trying to say in this outfit. Although it seems quite obvious throughout the collection that he is a bit of a fan of boobs.
Another rather 'interesting' dress with a base formed of umbrellas, weighed down the bodice almost exposing the models breasts. When the glasses were removed she displayed a line of tears formed of glistening diamantes - definitely an original accesory if ever there was one.
I'm not even sure what to say about this. I understand the need to create original pieces in new collections, each should surpass the last, you're only as good as your last collection but how could this ever work. There is no possible way to walk in this, at all - and I don't know about you, but I do not have a two men in tuxedos available to transport me throughout the day. So erm yes, moving on...
The outfit said to have stolen the show was this gown referring to the eurozone crisis, complete with a police siren wrapped within the models hair. The make up on the models in this collection is very bold and colourful, with bright false eyelashes making a statement on the catwalk, almost as much so as the dresses themselves.
Even the more wearable pieces in Molaro's collection are given a wacky edge with the bright colours, feathered false eyelashes and bold eye shadow. The hair also made quite a statement in itself, with its large up to and strange twig like formation.
Molaro has to be congratulated on his originality, there really is no other creations about such as these, but there is a reason for that. These gowns aren't exactly easy to wear, we don't expect everyday dresses in haute couture collections, but even these are a bit out there for black tie events. Lady Gaga may be able to get a whole new wardobe from this collection though, so there's a plus.