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Paint Me Kahlo

The appearance of Vogue Editor-in-chief at the Louis Verdad show was quite a surprise, granted that the infamous lady has never shown her face at a Ralph Rucci Haute Couture or Geoffrey Beene show during her entire career spanning over decades. Ms. Wintour’s presence in LA is indicative of winds of change in the fashion power house. The pressure to stay young and explore new frontiers must be so overwhelming that even Anna is willing to take a chance on a young independent.

Inspired by Mexico’s greatest and most shocking icon, Frida Kahlo, Verdad unveiled a bold collection. In Verdad’s art, the woman whose last diary entry read, “I hope the leaving is joyful and I hope never to return” once again came to life. Paying homage to his beloved Frida, Verdad sent out a procession of taupe wool suits, pinstripe petticoat skirts, chiffon blouses, and shoulder ruffle dresses. Immersed in the fiery passion of Kahlo, these creations were simply captivating.

Cast in heavy fabrics like tweed, herringbone, corduroy, and wool, Louis Verdad’s daywear constructions were streamlined and structured. Cut to perfection and accentuated with retro elements such as button details and exaggerated shoulders, these clothes made references to Frida’s masculine side. Bringing back memories of the charismatic painter dressed in a suit, taken shortly before her streetcar accident, these garments recalled Frida’s strength. Verdad’s evening wear on the other hand, represented the womanly face of Frida. Introduced by sultry Spanish ballads, Verdad’s silk organza dresses, ethnic print ball gowns and floral jacquard detail pieces were enticing and sexy.

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