When addressing an audience, you should firstly grab them, shake them, and then put them back down gently. Grabbing our attention from the first second is the opera singer, performing at the end of the catwalk as Olga Roth’s Spring/Summer collection marches down the runway.
Inspired by Italy and the feminine, Roh’s collection is classic and somewhat modest – flower applications and long ruffles whisper romance loudly. But, Olga Roth’s show delivers something more than just romance. It is a tasteful coordination of femininity, and darkness; something which shakes the meaning of ‘feminine’. The flower or sequin applications on her dresses, in combination with bolder cuts, open backs, bare shoulders and sparkling capes, delivers female power and glamour.
The models walk slowly, confidently, freely, moving their arms as if they were dancing, and showing the way the fabrics move about the body, which makes up for her use of discrete colors; most garments circulate between silver, beige, blue and light turquoise. The two piece garments are bolder; trousers of black lace on bare skin, and draped, transparent tops which present a silent, but strong statement of confidence. At the same time, the collection feels approachable. The gowns incorporate original details such as trailing ribbons, cut outs, high necks, and transparent fabric areas with classic styles and comfortable curves.
When Olga Roth puts us back down on our seats, as the singer performs ‘time to say goodbye’, it is with a feeling of having experienced something elevated and dignified.
We are inspired to pursue that dignity, by following her future collections.
Written by Saga Radh. Images © Vogue UK.