AREA's Regal and Retro Gilded Girls
Story by Mario Abad / Photography by Mich Cardin
08 September 2019
Designers Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk incorporated a variety of decade references for their crystal embellished, jewelry-filled Spring 2020 collection for AREA. From the '50s and '60s couture shapes of Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior to '80s-inspired name-plate necklaces of the word AREA in different languages, this season utilized various multicultural elements and sculptural techniques. Here's everything else you need to know about the collection.
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Victorian cage constructions took form in gilded, armor-like dresses that enveloped the body. The sculptural chain dresses utilized ancient arabesque metal work while maintaining curves and the enhancing the female form.
Voluminous shapes and cocoon-like dresses recall elements of '50s and '60s couture. Big, puffy sleeves and giant bow detailing heighten the collection's retro glamour mood.
The crystal chain motifs in the ready-to-wear were applied to jewelry as well, which adorned the face in opulent patterns. From dripping, fringe-like effects to intricate studded embellishments, no detail was left spared.
Streamlined suits and sharp tailoring served as a blank canvas to the opulent crystal chains and cage detailing. The muted, single-breasted numbers came with a strong shoulder and slim cut.
Some of the more unexpected yet playful pieces included tube tops and dresses with tubular flourishes with a sprouting effect. Even the tips of the tubes came embellished with the crystal studs.
Photography: Mich Cardin