by Angie Verhaegen
I fell in love with Binetti’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The fashion show was held at “the box” in the Lincoln Center, which is a black room with a stage and one white background curtain (where models get to pose against the white background). All the models were located on stage wearing bold, colorful outfits with animal inspired prints and/or black, white or silver sequins amongst other shiny materials. Most outfits consisted of the perfect harmony of bold accents against black or white neutral pieces, while others were just totally extravagant (3th and 4th photograph) . Positioned at the center of the stage; there was one model who was wearing my favorite garment of the collection, sitting in a “chaise longue” (a long chair, second photograph).
The feel of this kind of fashion show is like the feeling you would get if you would walk past a window display when actual models were posing in there. Due to the bold colors and animal inspired prints, the whole got a feel of a zoological garden, with models featuring the role of gorgeous exotic “animals”.
Binetti is known for his pioneering and provocative designs, the label consists of two friends; Diego Binetti and Ada Lee. Diego Binetti, who is the designer, is Italian by origin but grew up in Buenes Aires watching and assisting his mother, who was a dressmaker.
The Binetti label was launched in the summer of 2002 and they have experienced a lot of success during the course of the growing business. For the collection Fall/Winter 2011, they decided to work with a lot of textures like ostrich feathers (5th photograph), sequins in certain patterns, draped fabric, pieces of metal and elements like black headbands, frameless glasses and little clutches in combination with clean make-up. Everything was very magical showing perfect color-combinations, glamorous sequin patterns and fabulous rich textures.
I do know one thing: it will be very hard for other designers if they want to outshine this Binetti fashion show. If you would like to see more of this designer I strongly recommend to take a look at his website