Upon walking into the box presentation for Rafel Cennamo’s Couture fall 2013 collection, I met with an absolutely stunning gold duchess print cocktail dress over a beaded legging that felt edgy and classically chic at the same time. A look to my left and right displayed one equally impressive look after another. Cennamo chose a golden palette throughout, expertly varying texture and metallic touches that precluded any notion of monotony. Every model donned uniquely different expression of the same theme.
When I complain about a lack of originality, playing too much with current trends or disappointing cohesion, it’s because I’m looking for something like Cennamo’s talent amongst new and veteran designers — and not finding it. This was beyond a breath of fresh air from earlier presentations in the week. And for any woman who is worried the midas touch is on its way out, Rafael’s almost exclusive use of the color and metal proved that it has its place in a world of luxury and high design.
From ball gowns to geometrically beaded sheaths that fit like a dream, this is the stuff red carpet dreams are made of. I particularly loved the chunky cashmere knits with hand-painted gold accents. Unexpected pairings that “work” are the touch of an artist.