From the mystery of Bond Girls to a multi-dynasty journey and a return to the classic and ever-traditional, Romona Keveza’s Luxe Evening Collection spring 2013, Couture Bridal Collection fall 2013, and Legends by Romona Keveza Collection fall 2013 all have one thing in common: drama. From soft silhouettes to structured waltz-length gowns, the designer’s variety for 2013 is undisputed, and the collections remain independent but cohesive in the designer’s signature touches.
Romona Keveza sat down with FAJO Magazine for an exclusive interview after her three collections were showcased at the renowned St. Regis Hotel in New York City.
Luxe Evening Collection, spring 2013
The 50th anniversary of James Bond is fitting this year in fashion. To the tune of Adele’s Skyfall, Keveza aims to dress Bond Girls in this colourful spring collection.
Featuring mainly strapless gowns with sweetheart necklines, the diversity from the collection ran from illusion full-length skirts layered over minis, to form-fitting mermaid and fluted gowns.
A more dramatic “Romona Red” made its way down the runway in the form of a strapless ball gown made of silk shantung taffeta, and featured a draped sweetheart neckline and flowing circle skirt. A second “Skyfall Blue” piece, this one a strapless fluted beaded number, could instantly be imagined on a Bond Girl.
An ivory mermaid gown composed of French net and featuring an illusion sculpted neckline, spilled into a train of blossoming organza flowers with delicate crystal detailing. A pearl gown of quality silk charmeuse featured a sweetheart neckline with draped shoulder detail, had a couture-shaped fluted skirt with rhinestone buttons down the centre back – a tasteful hit of shimmer.
Spring colours, such as the wasabi green cocktail dress made of a silk shantung taffeta corset and waltz-length full skirt, stole the floor. The waltz-length, a length the designer says socialites are already wearing, will be “all over the Red Carpet next year.”
Couture Bridal Collection, fall 2013
Keveza takes us on a visual journey through the refined luxury of the Ottoman Dynasty (Turkey), the Ming Dynasty (China) and the Windsor Dynasty (Great Britain). With the dramatic gowns, the intricacy of the handmade workmanship is nowhere compromised – a consistency we expect from her.
One of the first few gowns, a one-shoulder mermaid piece, kicks off the collection on a soft and delicate note. Lush silk taffeta gowns continue on the same path, in green, ice blue and blush pastels.
The grand finale, a blush ball number, was embellished with one million flower buds and hundreds of thousands of Swarovski crystals, with not a seam to be seen.
“The Couture Bridal woman is the first to wear something, when years later everyone else will follow,” says Keveza. “She is adventurous, and the leader of the pack.”
Legends, fall 2013
Always more traditional than the Couture Bridal collection, Legends by Romona Keveza continues to mark lace as the designer’s go-to, focusing on the feminine silhouette and a timeless elegance. Favourites included three stunning strapless gowns and an off-the-shoulder crystal lace number fit for a princess.
The first strapless piece, made of re-embroidered lace with a deep sweetheart neckline and a fluted skirt with a chapel train, was accented by a satin appliqué beaded belt. The second one showcased a sculpted bodice made of point d’Esprit lace, featuring an illusion necklace and a fluted skirt made of silk shantung taffeta, also accented by a satin appliqué beaded belt. The third, one of the few non-lace gowns, was made of shantung taffeta, featuring a draped A-line silhouette with a sweetheart neckline and ruched chapel-length train.
The off-the-shoulder number, a cross between innocent and sexy, was made of crystal lace, featured a softly fluted chapel length skirt, and was accented by an ultra-feminine gardenia belt at the waist.
“The Legends bride wears the proven classics,” says Keveza. “You just know you will look perfect.”