Make a wish, hide in the woods. Georgine's Fall 2016 collection was inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales. It had a fanciful, darker tone with lots of pretty embellishments. This was not the wardrobe of a fairy princess. The silhouettes were slim and body conscious. It was more the seductive villain just making her way through the castle.
There were whimsical embellishments like metallic candy appliques, dark flowers, dragonflies, and birds. Beautiful sequin embroidery embellished a slinky gown fit for an ice queen. Forest green sequins embroidered leaves onto a fur collar ensemble. There was a witty sweater with "Grumpy" across the front as a nod to Snow White's seven dwarves. Silk, fur, knits and glittering accents made the mix of outerwear, sportswear, and eveningwear perfect for a day into night lifestyle.
This is how I like to dress. I love the idea of a sensible sweater with exaggerated shoulders or a trenchcoat with beaded flowers and ribbon belt. I believe velvet and satin should be daywear fabrics. The makeup on the models had a bit of a Gothic edge. Lips were blood red or off-black and purple. Hair was often swept up and knotted high on the head to accentuate high-neck silhouettes. Many of the models wore dark sunglasses for that mysterious air or librarian glasses to pay tribute to the literary roots of fairy tales.
My favorite part of late summer is seeing all of the autumn fashions hit the stores. Georgine Ratelband's fall collection offers a sartorial happy ending for all.