International Runway: Phuong My TPFF 2015
After her beautiful Spring '15 collection, Phuong My (pronounced Me) was a fashion walk I was dearly looking forward to. Sure enough, it delivered. Symmetrical and asymmetrical designs flowed onto the jet black runway, of which was broken up with geometric rose petals somewhat resembling romantic getaways with loved ones. I suppose that's what Phuong's collection was about - romance.
Eva Scolaro's voice filled up the room with her strong melodic vocals, singing tunes of jazz and blues. Keynote renditions of Fever and Feeling Good accompanied the models down the runway, evoking a sense of romanticism. The models looked good and no doubt they felt it too.
The collection was an explosion of textures, folds and shapes. Pearls and embellishments were masterfully women into the fabric, low set chignon buns were adorned with petals. Some of the gowns echoed petals of ranunculus and others were well structured, fitted pieces that could easily be translated from day wear to night.
Phuong My's collection is her best yet, pulling together aspects of her previous collections. Shapes from both her Spring Summer 2014 and 2015 collections were evident in this year's. It was reminiscent of her Fall Winter 2014 cinched wasted and exaggerated hourglass shapes. The textures were complimented with splashes of metallic golds and silvers almost resembling flaking gold and silver leaf on rippled fabrics of silk and organza.
Structured shoulders, generous skirts and complementary colour pairings and incredible attention to detail are what make this collection so downright gorgeous, provocative, feminine and chic. The female form was not lost under the layers of beautiful fabric, if anything the female figure was accentuated.
Feminine a-lined hems skimmed the runway and Mel Dreams Shoes walked the catwalk. It was refreshing to see a collection with an understated beauty, presenting pieces that were both bold and refined - items I could see many girls purchasing and wearing.
It is not at every fashion show that you can say you could easily wear the garments on parade. Phuong My's collection is exceptionally gorgeous and its key signature pieces are elegant, adaptable and timeless. Phuong is an international designer to watch, that's for sure.