Gathering in the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Freemason’s Hall, sat behind the designer Melissa Diamantidi’s eager and excited mother, I had my fingers crossed that her collection would truly deliver a display to make her mother proud.
Diamantidi set out explore the power of light by using an array of
sheer fabrics to challenge our perceptions and create a range that
juxtaposes fragility with strong, structured designs. Lightweight silks
and organza are formed into structured cropped tops, layered over
gorgeous black and white fanned skirt dresses or waterfall jackets. The
collection was startling in its, for want of a better word, prettiness.
The simple three colours of black, white and mint green were all that
was needed as strapless mint prom dresses were complimented by strong
yet sheer white capes, with beautifully formed and effortlessly powerful
black dresses, abstractly layered, left to their own devises. Abstract
angles sat upon willowy frames to both compliment and contrast this
sense of the frail and the strong, playing with the light in masterful
way. The selection of silks and reflective materials only served to
re-enforce the abstract and altered perception of light the designer so
hoped to achieve. Whilst the collection was undeniably elegant in its
femininity, quilted panels and subtle zip details provided a certain
edge to leave the pieces wholly balanced and breathtakingly beautiful.
Slicks of metallic green to the eyes were visually stunning as make up
remained minimal, hair tied into wispy low, side buns. Accompanying each
look, patent black loafers suggested that flats were here to stay for
another season whether it be with pretty sundresses or formalwear.
Sure, the collection may have lacked the prints and explosive
accessories of other designers seeking to make an impact yet Melissa
created something strangely innocent and extremely clever. Using only 3
colours and the same pair of flats throughout, the collection was
gorgeous in its seeming simplicity. However, when you look beneath the
surface, the structures and materials are so intelligent you have to sit
up and notice.
As her mother wiped a tear from her eye and I left
dreaming of white dresses and Spring, you could probably say the
collection was a bit of a hit. Well, for me and her mum anyway.