This past Thursday night, the National Arts Club presented the 2011 Fashion Committee 2011 Innovator Award to couturier William Calvert. His latest collection, Calulla Lilibelle “delicate or pure beauty” is made up of a variety of versatile pieces. Minimalist yet wild and edgy, the collection’s sleek and chic pieces exhibit function decorated in sequins, leopard prints and patterning. Notoriously ‘desk to dinner’ wardrobe collections, features from his works were exhibited alongside Russian couturier Slava Zaitsev’s theatrical gowns and historical recreations of timeless masterpieces.
Wildly ornate and explicative of the times, Zaitsev pioneered Russian haute-couture in the 80’s, and developed uniforms for his country’s police force. Photographs and mannequins recalled his recreations of national gowns, and his focus on traditional dress (Pavlosky Posadshawls, among others). Feathers, pearls—embroideries, color—gold and glitter—ruffles and peplums characterize the designer’s style. Treasures of Kazakhsta from the Russian Kasteev museum adorned the hallways, walls and pedestals, as well.