Walk into a room wearing Rafael Cennamo and you will get noticed. No, you will get more than noticed, people will start musing and or asking themselves what you’re wearing. Most likely that’s the intended effect behind Rafael Cennamo’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Cennamo creates a melange of gowns, dresses and formal wear for a look found no where else during fashion week in New York. One of the editors stated that the collection reminds her of collections that you see during London Fashion week. It easy to pan the collection without understanding the approach. Some items have accents that are placed awkwardly and create a look that breaks continuity with the eye. As an example, this dress below with asymmetric accents, black fabric that overly compensates the left side of the dress over a shear piece of chiffon that’s added to even the side of the dress. Some circles would declare this garish:
But in the same breath you have a well constructed dress with visually striking accents, excellent color selection and even better lines.
It’s this unsteadiness that can make one love and dislike parts of Rafael Cennamo’s collection. You love parts of the collection for what it is. You dislike parts of the collection because of what it could be.