Designer Lauren Bagliore has experienced personal tragedy this year, but is working through the bad with the good in her new spring collection.
“This season I contemplated life and death as I endured more than one family tragedy. I almost did not create this collection,” says the native New Yorker, who studied at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York before going on to work with such well-respected designers as Vivienne Westwood, Zac Posen and Canada’s own Paul Hardy.
Bagliore persevered and came up with a concept for her spring-summer collection that would help her transcend tragedy in a creative and meaningful way.
“My collection is called ”La Risurrezione: Dalla Scura Alla Luce”, which means in Italian, The Resurrection: From the Dark to the Light, and is about what I can share coming out of the ashes and into beauty. You will see and experience the transformation from dark to light in many ways, in the clothing on the runway,” says Bagliore, who currently lives in Calgary.
Many of Bagliore’s designs involve draping and advanced cutting techniques to produce clothing that some describe as both forward and flattering.
Key colours in the new collection include alloy tones such as black metallic and silver, paired with ivory, gray, and blush pink.
“Some of the key pieces in my SS2011 collection include a not-so-basic black dress which is asymmetrical and open at the back, with batwing-like draping for a sexy and dramatic look. Also, we’ve already had a lot of excitement and interest about the Nastasia Resurrection Gown, which is a one-shoulder couture-styled, draped gown made of three-layered, textured Italian silk chiffon, with an under layer of contrasting blush-coloured silk jacquard fabric. The dress also features intentional raw edges which juxtapose the simple and ethereal beauty of the dress with the 'tatteredness' of coming out of death and darkness into beauty and light,” says Bagliore.
Another key piece to watch for in Bagliore’s collection includes a shawl-collared, draped trench coat made of high-tech Japanese nylon that is said to be wind and water resistant.
Showing: Thursday Oct. 21 2010, 7 p.m.
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