Erin Barr Spring 2013 Presentation

I'm always excited when a fashion presentation breaks the mold, and Erin Barr's presentation did just that. The set up: a retro house party with a little over a dozen incredibly chic attendees.

The models seemed to be playing fashion musical chairs; one would stand up, own the room as her runway, then pick up a book or rummage through a pile of vintage records. Then, that model would tap a friend on the shoulder, and the newly-chosen model stand up and take her walk around the room. It was refreshing to see models interacting, giggling and chatting with each other (it really helps you picture the clothes being worn in a real-life scenario). I can see myself on a dress worn by a happy girl much easier than one worn by a stone-faced statue!

The clothes themselves were wonderful, and it was easy to spot the Marilyn Monroe influcence without having it overwhelm the collection. The theme really brought 'bombshell' to the 21st century. The rigid stripes seen throughout the collection were a nice take on a classic idea- they looked as though they had been painted onto the garment by hand, rather than perfectly printed by a machine.

The collection felt like the wardrobe of a quiet, subdued girl (collared shirts in neutral tones, loose cardigans, long pencil skirts, and beautiful and wearable shirts and pants), but as soon as night falls, her rocker side comes out. Suddenly, those pretty cocktail dresses have cut-outs, and sheer material is everywhere. Although I love the rocker style, the amount of skin shown was just a bit too much for me. I guess I fall somewhere between the quiet library dweller and the rock princess.

Sheer fabric and slits here, there, and everywhere were very prominent in the collection, so the idea of combining the two concepts made perfect sense. Many skirts included a longer outside layer of sheer material slit down the front and back in the garment.

I've become a big fan of Erin's edgy style, and if she can make a coat as beautiful as the one she made for Spring 2013 (a white trench with great shape, three-quarter sleeves, and a leather panel with a zipper detail), I can only imagine the beautiful creations she'll whip up for fall.



Be sure to check out more of Erin's work at ErinBarr.com!


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