Bisou’s fashionistas are in New York City this week as the top designer’s present their collections for Spring 2016! As one of our newest designers to the store, we were very excited to see what creative director, Don O’Neill, had whipped up for his Theia collection. We were not disappointed!
The collection was everything we love about Theia… plus a whole lot of whimsy, and butterflies to boot! This season his effortless and body-hugging silhouettes were at once chic and full of fancy. We especially loved the introduction of silk crepe to the line. In his hand, the fabric- the epitome of sophistication, was paired with lace and embroidery to create an air of playfulness.
We also saw much more lace this season from the designer. A fabric steeped in tradition, classic homage was paid while a contemporary hand was applied. This resulted in a fine balance between Victorian and modern. For example, long sleeves were kept sheer, while a high collar was set off by a deep v at both the front and the back.
When silhouettes weren’t fitted to the body, they were light and breezy. Personally, we are suckers for chiffon and Theia definitely does the fabric justice! It’s also where O’Neill paid the most obvious tribute to his inspiration for the season. Looking to the arts, the collection was inspired by the Art Nouveau illustrations of Kay Rasmus Nielsen; her fairytale paintings were delicately printed on these airy, slip-like gowns! While certainly non-traditional, they were among our favourite looks for Spring 2016!
This whimsical, fairytale quality was apparent throughout the collection. Per usual, details were intricate. But in addition to his signature sequin and bead work, gowns this season featured much softer textures. From a cob-web lace ballgown, to a weightless lace embroidered cape, and (our favourite) butterfly applique on a crop-top and a-line skirt, these dainty finishes made for a magical collection!
Of course, we have to mention the finale look where butterflies showed up once again. Intricate layers of 3D-printed butterflies were constructed into a modern corset and peplum, and paired with a billowing skirt. Old-world romance met modern-day technology for this truly enchanting look!