Calvinluo Fall Winter 2023-2024 collection during Paris Fashion Week.
"In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." Patti Smith
Quiet bloom - unexpected blossoms are more captivating
Calvin delicately blends femininity and strength through combinations of fabric, craftmanship and silhouette. In each seemingly casual pleat and stitch lies a metaphor for femininity: Draping fluid pleats dimensionally cut in soft chiffon; knitted fabrics mesmerizingly complemented by structured metal springs on shoulders. Combining bud-shaped taffeta pleats and knitted fabric, the CALVINLUO signature black suit is transformed into a transitory dream/reality like beauty flitting across a bed of 3D printed roses, bead embroidery, sequins and crocheting blooms.
Flash of inspiration the stunning beauty of order
Calvin finds repetition enticing. By adding and repeating novelty elements to classics and basics pleats and cuts, beading and knitting, multi-tier wrap-around belts and straps he explicitly allures, neatens and refreshes his necklines, sleeves, legs, and his now iconic square toe footwear.
Wild rhythm beauty as a result of inadvertent actions
Fashion design has much in common with music creation, where sometimes seemingly rebellious challenges to, or breakthroughs in, conventional logical arrangements can make new styles or embolden classics. Calvin rhythms his collection with stripes and belts, and while the latter retains its primary functionality, it becomes a key decorative element: asymmetrically dissecting the front of slip dresses, highlighting waistlines in a Y-shape reminiscent of the inadvertent action of belt tightening while dressing, enriching skirts silhouette with a hint of draping upon its exposure at the hem.
As implied by Patti Smiths quote, artists find balance by being steady and well organized in life so they can be fierce and original in their work. Wildness and calm, though seemingly opposite, facilitate self-dialogue; quiet bloom gives rise to flashing inspiration bringing a wildness that is true to oneself. Enhanced and matured, Calvin Luo returns to Paris after a three-year hiatus with his CALVINLUO Autumn/Winter 2023 Collection. Calvin echoes the words of Patti Smith and approaches his creations with wildness and his business with calm; freewheeling creatively and defiantly enhancing his verity.
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