(images via dfwz)
back during the s/s 2011 season is when we were first introduced to the work of ivana popović at fashion week zagreb, and though i was left then more perplexed than really anything else, i am happy to report that for her latest effort, f/w 2011, she seems to have centered her concentration, offering up a more cohesive—if slightly madcap—tale.
although the pictures (as we’ve discussed previously) aren’t of the best quality this season, they do seem to tell the story of a traveling performance troupe or circus, with various acrobatics performed onstage amidst the catwalkers traipsing along to present the designs. tumbles and flips ensued all the while, and one can spot some rather entertaining heaps of bodies behind the models in most shots (including my favourite, at top, which rather looks like a corpse, resulting from the infinite strain of runway work).
the collection itself was particularly colourful, with shades of crimson, pink, black, white, and aqua (sometimes embellished with arty floral prints) filling in a lot of puffy pants, jumpsuits, and dainty little tops. zany headgear, ruffled neckpieces, metallic embellishments, and a striped, caped one-piece were among the more outlandish offerings of a range not necessarily defined by its demure nature.
nevertheless, many of the pieces could be quite wearable in situations where they were styled down; the tops were especially pretty and would jazz up a good skirt or pair of jeans. meanwhile, the wide-legged trousers (especially the white pairs) were among the better bottom offerings, while the clown-style puffy pants the less adventurous types might wish to avoid.
ms. popović feels more at home here than in her trashy-sexy exploration of last season, amidst the hubbub and artistry. perhaps i can’t give the range a rousing endorsement, but i can say it was a solid step and before long, should she continue along this path, she will be where we like. yes, a little strange today, but all the same, mostly the right moves.