Maria Grachvogel invited to the Savoy Hotel‘s lancaster ballroom. What a pompous but condign selected venue to showcase her AW11 collection. To dramatic instrumental music dreamy flowing fabrics were presented with a focus on styling, creative cut and draping.
Taking inspiration from tribal to the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, the pieces had – to their sober functionality – a darker side to them. The prints were individually engineered by Grachvogel within the shape of each garment to flatter the silhouette.
‘I am constantly inspired by the woman so this is always my starting point and tend to work from the inside out. Rather than projecting a look, I think about mood and feeling and this season my woman feels dark, mysterious and has a slightly sinister edge. I have been absorbing shaman references as well as Grimm’s fairytales.’ Grachvogel describes what influenced her latest collection.
The draped dresses and catsuits, contemporary and sophisticated, are for powerful women with a very feminine character. A modern take on the catsuit came in heavy black lace and also appears in racer back bone crepe. Masculine cut blouses with balloon sleeves added to the relaxed tailoring theme. And to make the look perfect, Grachvogel has extended her jewellery and handbag line, the clutches coming in softly draped and pleated, matte snakeskin in black, pale grey and deep damson.