One of the most exciting parts of attending Fashion Week season after season is watching the evolution of a brand and its designer. And for designer Rolando Santana, the change was visible from his previous seasons: theme, fabrics, and tailoring. The color palette; in a somber mood of gray, black & white; perfectly aligned with the maturation. And not to say that the collection is for an older generation, but more for the lady who finds comfort in her confidence & style. A lady who prefers to be sophisticated rather than ostentatious.
In the beauty that is Fall, barren branches against an endless sky, the collection initiated with a handful of looks that resembled exactly that. A chic, minimal print of leafless branches. Artistically, it seemed like the album cover of Trentemøller’s The Trentemøller Chronicles, which inadvertently continued its affiliation to a more youthful persona & with the current times. In further analyzing the collection- sheath dresses, fit-and-flare dresses & skirts seduced the knees; the long pants were razor sharp; and sparkling beadwork frosted over the tops of shirts or all the way down evening gowns. Shimmer seems to be a trend for later this year.
Also for next season, there seems to be an accentuation of the cuffs… Carolina Herrera chose fur, Dennis Basso decided on crocodile, and Rolando chose black leather. Edgy and visually complimenting. Supple suede and sheer satin appeared intermittently. In all, the collection is attractive and a plus to this Fashion Week. One can’t help being curious of what will debut in September, but for now, “Bravo, Rolando!” | Giuseppe
pictures via Thomas Iannaccone