ROME, January 26
“There was a time”, which now seems lost, that when we spoke of haute couture we thought of something too refined, that the prevailing culture and a certain pret a porter had thought was old and outdated.
But high fashion does not age because it is culture, craftsmanship, beauty. Renato Balestra saw that in Paris there was a return to the tradition of which he is happy because it had become difficult, even to make young people understand that they want to make high fashion its meaning. “To talk about his new collection of haute couture” that Palazzo Brancaccio as part of Altaroma, is the dean of Italian high fashion, Renato Balestra.
“This time the color that inspired him is been green, in all shades, from the softest to the emerald, to the oil, green that for him represents freshness and hope, even though it can be a difficult color to wear, but he approached the white and illuminated with his embroidery in 22 garments “.
Renato Balestra’s collection is dedicated to a young woman, delicate and refined, who appears to have just stepped from an enchanted garden.
The leading colour is green, in all its various shades: from the palest to sumptuous emerald.
Dresses are showered with blades of grass “stolen” from a meadow, and white daisies made of silk, pearls and swarovski crystals. Amidst layers of organza and frothy white flowers, the garden comes to life of midnight-blue dresses too.
Fine organza cloaks settle on bare shoulders, only just veiling them. The bride is enhanced by three-dimensional stylized white flowers, blooming on a pale green lawn and cascading onto a corolla skirt made of various layers of tulle.
\An “enchanted garden” where the green hope, in all its nuances, from the most subtle to the emerald nuance, becomes the prince color of the high fashion of Crossbow between delicate tailoring games, precious embroideries in Swarovski crystals and pearls that like dew they rest on the grass blades of the textures with silk-threaded pratoline. Organs, chiffon, bows and flowers in a continuous alternation where the white then gives way to the blue night. The capes veil the shoulders, Renato Balestra plays with the lengths and the volants in cocktail dresses in a collection that is a dedication to the young and that, following the Parisian trends, rediscovers the value of haute couture tradition, reinterpreted by the creative directors of the most important fashion houses that look at the archive of their fashion houses to design the future. The final wedding dress is enriched with total white flowers in relief that bloom on a lawn cultivated with the passion of those who know high fashion and have fun, with pictorial references, to experiment with colors and shapes.