For even the most fashionable at heart, a hike through the woods generally means a surrender to functional footwear and practical apparel. Raul Melgoza however, has a very different vision for such an occasion. About the Fall 2011 Luca Luca collection, the designer revealed that his inspiration originated from his childhood trips to Yosemite and a pondering as to what a lady would wear in the woods.
Melgoza's romp in the wild is a collaboration of '50s cinched waistlines and full skirts, the warm hues of the '60s and the ascot blouses and silk maxi-dresses of the '70s. The collection is an elaboration on Megloza's fondness for precise tailoring and crisp silhouettes. The rich use of color is warmly welcomed after four seasons of white and metallic dominated lines. Savory cerise, saturated saffron and mustard yellow all seasoned the runway with a much desired vibrancy, apropos for the season’s shift towards color.
While offering his client a new color palette, Melgoza sticks to what he knows best, "My signature is more tailored, a more sculpted silhouette, but still feminine." Like a butterfly shedding her cocoon, we watch the Luca Luca woman cast off layers of crisp tailoring to reveal whimsical chiffon gowns of nature motif prints; rustling branches, streaming creeks and fallen leaves. The textures of the ensembles follow suit with an ode to nature in the form of mossy green crushed velvet and bronze brocade. Melgoza plays with texture brilliantly where sheer blouses meet felted wool and leather is paired with gold leaf webbing, implying the duality of the delicacy and strength in nature.
Sleek buns showed off the work of makeup artist, Gucci Westman, the woman behind the red lips, creamy blush and subdued eyes of the show. Westman explained, “The look is about a fresh, modern girl on an adventure, I created an eye that is contoured but not overly done so the attention is focused on the bright, striking lip.”
There were a few pieces that we could have done without, a dress with distraught tufts of fur, a beastly leather cape and a couple silver looks that seemed more galactic than earthly. All in all, however, Melgoza wanted to take us on a fanciful journey, and he did just that. Even if the voyage seems slightly disjointed, it does not leave us wanting. Luca Luca’s clientele will be pleased with a collection of beautiful separates that would make an easy transition from day to night.
Now, if only camping trips were this rife with ladylike dresses and librarian-chic frivolities—perhaps we would then be ready to pack a tent.
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