Monday, 18 October 2010
Cathreen Mal SS2011 at FWA
Cathreen Mal, one of last year's New Generation show winners (the other one was our beloved Evangelos Kavathas) presented her spring-summer 2011 collection last Friday, October 15th in Fashion Week Athens.
A very simple collection of just white looks, obviously influenced by ancient Greece.
The only embellishments were in the form of metallic rope in gold, silver and pewter.
A simple and to-the-point collection.
Let me say here that I know Cathreen Mal personally back from when we participated in the FWA FOODWEAR Fashion and Architecture Workshop together two years ago. That is why it is so hard for me to say I expected more from her.
Granted, she was right to move past the more structured winter pieces she presented last spring (which were widely applauded back then) but in her urge to make everything more light and airy for summer, I'm afraid she took it a little bit too far and oversimplified everything. Many dresses looked like they were just fabric draped around the body and secured with ties and ropes. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying draping is a bad thing. What I'm saying - and I guess others are thinking too - is that we need to see more craftsmanship in a designer piece in order to justify investing in it.
Other than that, I still believe in Cathreen Mal's talent and given the fact she is just out of her teens, I'm sure we'll see a lot more from her in the years to come.
Keep doing what you love Cathreen!
More views on Cathreen Mal SS2011 over at Life Full of Fashion, Shopping Therapy and Fashion Algorithms.