Athens-born designer Romina Karamanea closed the Vauxhall Fashion Scout womenswear schedule for Spring/Summer 2011. Having worked with leading designers such as Clements Ribeiro, Robert Cary-Williams, and Preen, she launched her own brand on September 2008. Prior to officially launching the brand, Romina created capsule collections that impressed style icons like Isabella Blow, Franca Sozanni and Cameron Silver, who commissioned her work and gave great praise for her unique and experimental approach.
Romina has recently created installations for a collaboration project with the V&A Museum archive and Liberty fabrics: Quilts 1700-2010. The brand has also been featured in 3 international design books that cover contemporary design, such as 100 NEW DESIGNERS by Lawrence King. Romina and her team have produced 3 fashion short films to date, one of which was requested by Nick Night and Showstudio, for his project Future Tense that encapsulates the brand's aesthetic.
Spontaneous, emotionally charged paintings with exhilarate and pensive strokes were instant inspiration for Romina this season: 'I felt like I was in a field of colour' the designer stated. Inspired by natural phenomena and geology the prints are featured in three remarkable colour stories: The White, The Red and The Blue, with splashes of green and grey.
A soft, almost haunting piano adaptation of the Pixies ‘Where is my mind’ played as the models gracefully descended down the runway dressed head to toe in Romina’s elegantly comfortable and incredibly wearable creations. There were floaty, high-summer looks such as a gorgeous electric blue silk playsuit with button detailing. The legs innovatively flared, giving the illusion that the garment was in fact a maxi style dress. The collection also included looks based on a series of lycra leather effect body con dresses, swimsuits and crop tops, styled with a series of retro sunglasses. Everybody was astonished by the poetic, floor length, silk gowns which were styled with tailored jackets. The show ended with wine red silk pieces with digital print blocking, including a showstopping women’s trench with a full flowing trail at the back.
The collection had already gained the best reviews and everybody left The Freemasons' House with a smile and a satisfaction for Rominas creations!! Personally, i fell in love with the floaty blue jumpsuit (which is a must-have), and the red backless hoodie dress!
A big Bravo to Romina !!!
Photos by LYDIA KOUKOU