As if the star-studded crew of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” hasn’t generated enough hype already, designers Ann Demeulemeester, Nicholas Kirkwood, Charles Anastase, Maison Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann and Chloé has come together to create their own interpretations of this classic story. This is almost too much of a good thing.
First up is this stunner of a shoe by Nicholas Kirkwood, for the March Hare. I am absolutely loving the checkered heels and the pocket watch. The minature teapots and cups hanging on the chain are just darling.
I agree with Charles Anastase that the Walt Disney interpretation of the dress is simply too boring. She is supposed to be in Wonderland for chrissake. This deconstructed asymmetrical gown manages to convey the madness of the world that Alice is in, but at the same time preserves a distinct elegance. I love the draping on the dress, and even the dusky blue in all my colour prejudices.
Chloe delivers a clean and feminine design in contrast to Anastase’s deconstructed dress. I think that while it is a pretty, wearable dress, Chloe might have played it a tad too safe with this design when they are given a valid reason to just go crazy on it.
I am usually a huge fan of Haider Ackerman, but I am a little on the fence with this dress. I love the top, but the bottom part of the dress and the fabric choice leaves much to be desired. Here’s to hoping it looks better worn, than resembling a romper out of the 80’s on the mannequin.
Maison Martin Margiela: Synonymous with romance and glamour. And I am not disappointed with their delivery of this dress. I love how they deconstructed the dress and assembled it upside down, placing the boning on the sleeves.
I am not sure who Ann Demeulemeester is trying to portray here, but I suspect the March Hare from the vest and the monochromatic scheme. I don’t think much needs to be said for this piece, the cutouts at the hem are nothing less than ingenious, and the drape of the top is simply to die for.
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