I think velvet is highly underrated. So I’m thrilled to see Nevenka designer Rosemary Masic has placed the sumptuous fabric back on its pedestal in her Autumn Winter 2010 collection entitled ‘Concrete Jungle’.
This season’s exaggerated shoulders are present in the collection. Yet this is no Balmain rip-off. Instead we are treated to gently puffed shoulders. This feature, combined with the appearance of billowing, peasant-style sleeves and claret-hued velvet, actually evokes a medieval sensibility for me.
Balancing the weightiness of wintry leather, velvet and wool threads is the contrast of lace and silk georgette featuring gentle frills and subtle ruching. Restrained prints add edge to the most feminine pieces. Most of all I covet the sheer ‘Fallen Angel’ top in delicate concrete coloured lace and the draped luxury of the ‘Find Your Inner Mademoiselle’ dress in a regal blue.
PS I’ve read in a couple of places that Nevenka has teamed up with Yering Station vineyard (creators of my favourite Australian bubbly Yarrabank Cuvee) for some top secret projects this year. I’m intrigued! Will find out more and share soon…
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