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Digital Coverage of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 Day 1: Corrie Nielsen

What could a movie have in common with Corrie Nielsen’s latest collection for the Spring/Summer season? I think a better question would be why start a review with that question, but let’s not dwell on that. Let’s dwell on how and even why I managed to tie in a movie to Ms. Nielsen’s collection instead. Have you ever heard of the movie “Metropolis”? If so, then you’d be familiar with what I’m getting at, this landmark 1927 silent film, directed by the famed German director Fritz Lang, does share a commonality with the latest runway looks from Nielsen’s show. Some of the looks featured a stacked-ring skirt that was reminiscent of the light halos that gravitated throughout the robot Maria’s body, which you can see pictures of in the link provided:

While the color palette in the collection was rather limited, using from what I could tell in spite of the lighting that was used during the show, appeared to be yellow, gray, white, black, gold, burnt sienna, champagne, cream, and taupe, she still managed to make it work. Exaggerated silhouettes and detailing(primarily the piping) were dominant in the collection, but the variety of fabrics set the tone for a collection that allowed the designer to experiment with silhouettes and detailing to almost sci-fi proportions. Armed with fur(shearling?), sequins, sequined paillettes, waffle knit fabric, sheer fabric, jacquard fabric, tulle, tweed, and taffeta*, Nielsen managed to create a surrealist ic collection worthy of being featured in a Fritz Lang film, or even a Luis Buñuel film. I immediately fell in love with her sequined jackets, one of them made entirely of sequined paillettes that resembled the scales of a just-caught fish. Models strutting down the runway wore clear/lucite heels, with their hair done in an understated updo.

One skirt suit reminded me of an overly frosted cupcake or a muffin, owing to the exaggerated silhouette utilized by Nielsen. Another look, which was made out of fur(or shearling?), made its way down the runway effortlessly. Some of the looks alone demonstrated Ms. Nielsen’s ability to piece together two different types of fabrics, which was of very high quality. One unusual fabric that made itself into the roster of fabrics used appeared to be a waffle-knit fabric one might use to make dungarees, which was used to make a dress and part of a skirt suit. One dress was made of tweed, which was one of my favorite looks in the collection, the tweed was also embellished with sequins.

Overall, I actually liked Corrie Nielsen’s latest collection. I was impressed by her courage to go outside of the box in terms of ready-to-wear fashion, one would think that this collection should’ve been presented at the next Haute Couture fashion week in Paris. She keeps being consistent in this manner, she could very well be the female enfant terrible of Paris Fashion. That is actually something I like. I hope that somewhere down the line, Ms. Nielsen decides to try a couture collection, if this collection is anything to demonstrate a potential for a far more surrealistic collection for haute couture, then she should definitely go for the gusto. I would just like to see her go outside of the box in terms of color, as she’s demonstrated that she’s more than capable of doing so by means of fabric variety. If I haven’t already made it clear earlier on in the review, then it should be known that I love the looks that featured the stacked-ring skirt or was a stacked-ring dress. It definitely reminded me of something out of Fritz Lang’s 1927 epic “Metropolis”.


To see photographs of Corrie Nielsen’s collection, click on this link: 


*=It should be noted that I am not 100% certain of the types of fabrics used, I’m just taking a guess.


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