Bringing art to the runway, LIFEwithBIRD‘s Spring/Summer 09 collection delivers exclusive on-trend creations. This season, the collaboration between designer Nicholas Van Messner and Bridge ‘Bird’ McCall uses a woman’s silhouette as their blank canvas to bring us classic shapes with spring patterns and clever detailing for distinction.
The collection celebrates silhouettes with voluminous mini dresses, slouch harem pants, jumpsuits and the casual mini-dress like the ‘Something Numb T-Dress’ which makes a statement in a bold orange. LIFEwithBIRD source clever prints and repeat them across multiple garments. You might love the fabric of the black ‘Shadowfax Dress’ decorated with a pink and purple floral design, but it’s your choice if you’d rather take it in the ‘Even Three Top’ or ‘Stingray Jacket’.
Neutral, nudes, mocha, latte and soft shades of grey feature prominently in the collection. Teamed with white, there are beautiful separates in the form of soft fabric shorts, voluminous mini skirts and this season’s vest. Vests are cropped and also transformed into dresses for relaxed glamour. Blazers in black and white are teamed with two-toned mini dresses and sophisticated spring patterned skirts. LIFEwithBIRD are conscious with working pieces together; such as tucking ‘A Child Wakens’ sweetheart fitted top into the high-waisted ‘Why Not Smile Skirt.’ The skirt uses fabric from the top into clever layering and wrap style techniques.
When resort wear was finally accepted as fashion I celebrated as the strictly-for-the-beach bikini now had a fashion counterpart; the kaftan. LIFEwithBIRD’s ‘Whiplash Sundress’ is sheer spring romance meets kaftan by the pool in a soft, white and relaxed fit. Other playful summer pieces are the three series of mini dress, jumpsuit and voluminous halter dress in a dark teal with orange flower patterns.
When accessorised cleverly, the entire collection could dress you from day to night but for those of you looking for a more staple evening piece, LIFEwithBIRD have worked with a dark teal and black pattern for a satin sweetheart mini dress, harem pants and over-laid sheer fabrics in a shirt dress. The high quality and polished fabrics in these pieces result in comfortable yet stylish evening glamour.
LIFEwithBIRD’s Spring/Summer collection was refreshing, demonstrating clever artistic concepts visible in the garments. There were many timeless pieces, interesting patterns and exclusive elements throughout the collection.
Take a look at our favourite selected pieces and leave your impressions of the collection in the comments section below.
Words by Angela Fedele
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