Vionnet: Resort 2010

"Madeleine Vionnet (June 22, 1876 - March 2,1975) was a French fashion designer. Called the "Queen of the bias cut" and "the architect among dressmakers", Vionnet is best-known today for her elegant Grecian-style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion world". (Wiki)

This Resort collection you're seeing is by Rodolfo Paglialunga who was a designer of womenswear at Prada for 13 years before coming over to Vionnet. I think it's gorgeous and it's obvious he's paying homage to Vionnet's past. Versatility was also "a key Vionnet innovation, so some of the frocks can be worn back to front, while the capelike sleeves of a shirtdress can be tied behind the back to create a different, more casual silhouette". (

I love that the collection has an array of color, from deep blacks to jewel tones to powdery pinks. Similarly, there are gorgeous gowns to slightly harder edged mini dresses and range of looks with flowing, gauzy materials to structured banding and gathering. What strikes me is the complexity of the collection yet it still achieves an overall unified feeling. This is huge since this flexibility means there is more likely to be a little something that appeals to everyone while maintaining the integrity of the brand. See the full collection here at

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