belgrade fashion week: milica opačić

(images via bfw)

so yes, we’re a bit behind in getting to our coverage of one of the fashion events closest to opt’s heart, belgrade fashion week, and for that i’m very sorry, but i’ve been behind for some unavoidable ills & such, like a car accident on birthday (ugh of ughs!), but we’re here to talk fashion, and not that nonsense, so let’s away! we’re starting off with a name both new to us and to the event in general (and as such, she presented as a part of the ‘new designers’ segment), one milica opačić and her charming a/w 2013 range.

titled ‘seduction in the spotlight’, the serbian site style explained that (trans.) “is inspired by the sensual woman, romantic and sexy at the same time.  A woman vamp that leaves you breathless all her attitude, confidence and posture, but is by no means offensive. The collection is designed for women with refined taste who knowingly revels in her uniqueness.” if that sounds a little bland (because really, when don’t we hear that a collection is designed for a unique and stylish and confident and blah, blah, blah woman?), then at least the clothes did a nice job of speaking for themselves, so that was kind of the redemption factor.

hmpf. anyway, like a lot of the designers this (and, increasingly, every) season, ms. opačić opted to basically buck the whole, yannow, seasonal thing and go with a sherbet colour palette which was really quite lovely, including flavours like pistachio, lemon ice, pale peach, and french vanilla with classic black-and-white served up as accents. wannabe magazine reported that range materials included (trans.) “five different shades of silk [and] the finest Italian fabrics and summer silk organdy,” as well as some leather belt and strap action.

on the whole, the collection was largely composed of flippy little frocks and rompers, playing with that now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t type of sheer/opaque action, but the designer also wisely got serious enough to include a few basic, suiting separates into the mix as well. mostly, i’d say this playful action was fairly sweet and fun, with the clothes fairly flirty and wearable, but i’m not sure what to make of the aforementioned bondage-y harnesses, which actually reminded me a lot of stuff we’d already seen, at georgian designer keti chkhikvadze’s s/s 2012 show.

for their part, wannabe magazine argued that (again, trans.) “the specially designed leather belts highlight women’s sex appeal and give a totally different dimension to the collection,” but on the other hand, the bfw site really wasn’t feeling it and even argued that the range was too derivative of the work of fellow serbian designer ljuba sikimić. i might call all of that a bit harsh, and say that while we’ve likely seen all of these pieces before, there was a sprightly quality, a nice liveliness to the work, and that the colours felt fresh, while some of the detailing, such as the pleats and tucks on the skirts and bodices, were quite nice and well-executed.

on the whole, then, my biggest complaint would probably be that the designer really didn’t seem to know what she wanted out of this show. on the one hand, everything felt fairly, yannow, almost pg-rated, but then she had to want to go deeper, darker, and with a kind of s&m quality that really didn’t work with the ‘weekend day lounging at a sidewalk cafe’ vibe that overran most of the pieces. i mean, i guess we can give her props for trying and all of that, but i’m still, like, just no. but! i guess the good news for you & i is that, should we want any of these pieces, we can take the belts off, wear the clothes, and save the rest for, erm, more appropriate times, i guess (read a bit more about the designer in this short elle profile).

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