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For Dena Burton Collection’s fall show, the models must have been ordered to march down the runway. “When women wear my clothes I want them to feel empowered,” the designer said post-presentation.

That certainly came across in a very deliberate way.

The Los Angeles-based designer has proven deft at taking simple classics that are ladylike and pretty, but still exude a very take-charge kind of attitude, often via the use of eye-catching twists. That came in the form of different faux furs — including one that had the look of tiny feathers— used for caplets or as trim detailing on the sleeves of an ivory shift dress.

The designer said her aim for fall was to make relevant looks that borrowed from the Eighties, creating the wardrobe for a “disco lady but with a modern-day twist.” There also appeared to be some references to the Seventies in there, as demonstrated by the presentation opener:  a white, bell-bottom jumpsuit with a wide bib opening, styled with a turtleneck underneath and a jacket thrown over it.  Wide-leg culottes, boot-cut leggings and more turtlenecks with neck-tie detailing comprised the rest of the show.

Despite the period influences, everything came across as very wearable, rather than costumelike. The base fabric throughout was a ponte knit with some satins and silks thrown in against a neutral backdrop of winter white, ivory and taupe.

It all comes back to empowerment for her target client, Burton said. “She’s confident and she’s fashionable.”



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