story by Colleen Vincent
photos by Aeric Meredith-Goujon
Inspired by the 1968 film “The Color of Pomegranates,” Araks Yeramyan’s ready-to wear for autumn is a study in the astonishing loveliness of color, contrasting the dark shades ruling the season. The film, a treatise on the life of 16th century Armenian poet Sayat-Nova, a favorite of Ms. Yeramyan, is a lyrical series of tableau vivants staged in Armenian costume. “The Color of Pomegranates” features a color palette of earth tones as a canvas for blacks, white and dark reds, lit with over-saturated sunlight. The designer has watched it many times, and the influence is visible in her designs’ romantic expression. There are twenty looks in shades of deep auburn reds, soft dark blues, washed whites, and soft, extravagant textures.
The leather pleated skirt in earth with ombre organza inserts is a striking work of art, much like the film, its something to view up close more than once. It’s both whimsical and unexpected. Araks Yeremayan is also a lingerie designer, so the clothes she produces tend to possess an undertone of innocent sensuality. The lush colors in boiled wool, washed silks, and angoras give the modest cuts, no plunging necklines or tight fits here, a ladylike sensibility. Ms. Yeremayan is a designer in every sense of the word, and enjoys sharing beauty with the world. Her inspirations and affinity for color and texture first have given birth to a wonderful assortment of ready-to-wear, beautiful to behold creations.