Rubin & Chapelle Fall/Winter 2013

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The intimate presentation of Rubin & Chapelle’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection was just as low key as the garments it showcased. Models stood in front of a bleach white backdrop as a small group of viewers fawned over the delicate collection.

The color theme was kept simple and minimal. While black and white were the central hues, neutral earthy tones of olive and taupe were scattered throughout the collection along with the unexpectedly pleasant accents of gold.

Notable pieces included the futuristic draped metallic jumpsuit and the innovative white satin jacket that transforms into a ‘shirt’ fixed into elegant jumpsuits. And of course, the designers left the best for last: a black and white color blocked silky strapless gown with an empire waist and a flowing sash tie in the back that resembled the garment of a Grecian goddess.

The ideas of transition and transformation influenced Rubin & Chapelle’s collection this season. This concept is directly reflected in their choice of draped shapes and cascading fabrics.

From silk twill and crisp satin to rayon gauze and matte jersey, the fabrics gave movement and fluidity to the pieces. A standout was the chic kimono-inspired robes made from luxurious evening silks.

The seemingly effortless drapery of the garments were anything but easy to create. Loose dress silhouettes were strategically gathered at the hem and back waist to create feminine waterfall shapes. Pegged pants and sophisticated bubble dresses also exemplified impressive craftsmanship.

Wide shoulders and architectural cusps on the arms and shoulders of otherwise delicate dresses gave the collection an air of modernity, transforming the collection from simply beautiful to exquisitely interesting.

What made this collection especially notable was the versatility of each piece and its ability to cater to modern women of every kind, from the business woman to the art curator.

Rubin & Chapelle successfully designed a collection that was minimal enough to offer a breath of fresh air, but creative enough to give it relevance in today’s times.

Marina Zheng is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]