Written by Baille Gelwicks. Photos by Walter Grio.
Peschev’s soft fabrics and feminine draping hearkened back to 1970’s shapes and boudoir dressing. Featuring pleated and draped silks, luxurious lace and long tiered gowns, the collection gained its inspiration from two distinct cultural periods in Austria’s past; the Secession inspired femininity and erotic undertones and Freud’s vision of the forbidden depths of the mind brought rich hues into play.
Muted tones of lavender, mauve, blue and earthy yellows graced the runway in floral gowns in which I couldn’t help but be reminded of high society garden parties. Long gowns in flowy silks skimmed the body revealing the feminine mystique while shorter numbers with distinct petal-esque detailing on hemlines and sleeves remained breezy with youthful silhouettes. The transition into the “forbidden” brought rich shades of purple, red, gold and jeweled blues. Tiered gowns prevailed as well as plunging necklines, revealing backs and richer, structured fabrics.
Editor’s Note: This fashion show took place on April 19, 2012 at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC as part of the show, “Art Meets Fashion”.