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With lavish prints, vivid colors and extravagant details, Clover Canyon’s “Winter Palace” Fall 2013 collection is an homage to Russia, a nation of excess: extreme luxury, extreme ideas, extreme vastness and extreme passion. The signature hand-engineered prints of Clover Canyon, fitted to elegant silhouettes, stood out vividly from the background of the Siberian plain, with snow covered trees, icy water and a Russian palace.
Russian elements are seen throughout the collection, from Kazimir Malevich’s graphic Constructivism, as shown on a dress inspired by Moscow underground, to the unparalleled gracefulness of Ballets Russes. Hair was pulled back into voluminous beehive up-dos, classy and elegantly resembling those of ballerinas’. Several models were also wearing crystal embellished ballet shoes. The prints on each piece were richly designed and each carried a specific theme including clocks, chandeliers, skyscrapers and “Russian China.”
Designed and produced in LA, Clover Canyon is known for its eclectic, joyful spirit of California. While holding on to its signature vivid prints and streamlined silhouettes, this collection incorporated a much bigger variety in terms of textures, colors and silhouettes. Pieces like voluminous skirts, dresses with sculpted sleeves, hammered satin, quilted and embroidered neoprene and faux fur pieces made an apperance. A standout piece was a blue angora knit with shimmering navy paillettes.
The Clover Canyon presentation invited women on a journey of imagination, taking them on a voyage through the radical and cultural aesthetics of Russia.
Jewel Jiang is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]