Daniela Orlando‘s current collection moulds trends to the designer’s own taste, pairing silk with leather and tackles boyfriend looks vs. feminine cuts. The silhouettes, a colour palette of cosy hues and high-end fabrics define the collection and challenges “the classics”.
Representing feminine yet edgy style, black motorcycle pants are teamed with sharp blazers featuring leather cuffs and chequered boyfriend shirts. Dresses are fitted, from sweater styles to strapless and flattering wrap-arounds with belts cinching waists. Voluminous shoulders appear across the collection through shoulder pads or frill embellishments.
Daniela also covers an array of jackets in her collection stocking blazers and the staple trench in versatile colours. She has also played with plaid in this season’s burgundy and plum hues. The chequered blanket coat looks instantly warm with its heavyweight fabric draping asymmetrically as the next best thing to your doona on a cool evening.
Another exclusive piece is the Fur Trim Jacket – a statement pieces. It features black faux fur in the style of waist length blazer, shoulders are high and sleeves feature rings of studs down the arm. Daniela has mastered ‘rock/glam’ in this piece.
Injecting animal prints into her collection, Daniela takes a subtle road with a polished snakeskin pattern in her dresses and a colourful take on zebra print with a mini skirt teamed with the same print singlet.
Daniela’s Winter 2010 collection communicates a desire to be distinctive.
Ed’s note: I hear this collection may potentially be the last for a while as Daniela has taken a fabulous position as buyer for my favourite high street label. So snap up her pieces while you still can.
Pretty prose by Angela Fedele
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