The fashion world is all abuzz about the amazing Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective that just opened at the Denver Art Museum. Denver is the only city in North America to host the exhibit, and our Assistant Editor Nicki got to attend a special sneak peek on March 22, where she was wowed and inspired by the beautiful couture garments on display. I got to join in on Friday for a fun-filled night of fashion. Here I am in front of the exhibit, beneath YSL’s larger-than-life pink Paris Rose bow:
Every last Friday of the month, the DAM hosts a fun night of events called Untitled. For March, the Untitled theme was very fittingly “Haute” in celebration of the YSL opening. The festivities included the exciting Forever Darling V fashion show produced by Project Runway contestant and Sew It All guest Fallene Wells. Fallene invited seven of her fellow Project Runway alumni, including Michael Costello, Becky Ross, Danielle Everine, Jason Troisi, Julie Tierney, Rafael Cox and Cecilia Motwani, to create and show their own small exclusive collections inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s body of work. It was wonderful getting to see each designers’ unique point of view. Check out the pictures from the show and let us know whose collection you liked the best! (photos by Ann Hardell)
Michael Costello opened the show with a dramatic collection of striking scarlet-red gowns. I love the feminine silhouettes, and I think YSL would appreciate Michael’s mastery of flattering draping:
Next up was Becky Ross’ collection. She was inspired by YSL’s 1970s designs, and I can definitely imagine her cool outfits appearing at Studio 54. I also liked that she included some very wearable and colorful prints.
During PR Season 9, I wished I could have seen more of Danielle Everine’s work, since she seemed to have a way with very tricky fabrics. Wish granted! I really enjoyed her thoughtful pieces, which featured influences from YSL’s Ballets Russes collection. I also really want to know where I can get my own fabulous fur hat.
Next up was Jason Troisi, showing the most provocative collection. I liked his steampunk aesthetic and appreciated his willingness to take a risk. He mixed utilitarian materials like leather and burlap with soft and sheer fabrics for a very original effect.
Julie Tierny is a Colorado native, along with Fallene and recent Project Runway All-Stars winner Mondo Guerra. She was inspired by YSL menswear influences and tailoring, as well as 1920s Bootleggers and 1908s snowboarders. The combination proved really fun, as she mixed suiting fabrics with flashes of neon colors.
Rafael Cox showed a cool collection of structured yet feminine separates. His use of bright color mixed with black was very reminiscent of a recurrent theme in YSL’s work, and I liked the unique diagonal lines and silhouettes he introduced.
Cecilia Motwani came next, showing a collection of garments and gowns inspired by YSL’s 1970s work as well by snakes. She showcased some really interesting proportions and a very body-conscious slinky snakeskin dress.
Last but certainly not least was Fallene, who described her starting point as “the Jetsons wearing Yves Saint Laurent.” This came through in a playful way with her use of bright colors, as well as some of the fun exaggerated lines of her silhouettes. The garments also featured great detailing, such as printed linings and sculpted hoods and collars.
The designers taking a bow:
Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective will be open through July 8, 2012. For more information about the exhibit and upcoming related events, visit denverartmuseum.org.