story by Dana Varon
photos by Ned & Aya Rosen
As described in his forward, Risto Bimbiloski’s Fall 2011 collection draws upon rebellious youth party days going through mom’s sophisticated closet on her way into the city and maybe even living in the suburban woods where the deer, and baby deer, are along with their horns and back uptown again. At least that’s how I see it, but it could be almost any city.
Elegance and fun mix themselves here just like it is when trying on mom’s more sophisticated pieces and making them your own. Beautiful sumptuous suits, blouses and dresses in creamy one toned buttermilk’s and Bambi and horn prints frolic alone and with each other. The Bambi print so reminiscent of the baby deer that you can see it’s underbelly and also spotted details especially on the coinciding silky pant and blouse suit. Buttery tan wool and silk robe like long coats and wide leg pants with black leather bands and drawstrings are adult with edge. Double sided braids are a little refined and a little radical. Perfectly oversized sweaters with strips of color on the bodice and on oversized wrist puffed sleeves hint a visit into dad’s closet too but with more luxurious fabric, cut and color play. Takes on windbreakers and jumpers take you back to teen years. Shiny gold ear sized pieces garner an attention to flash with fur-paneled shoes, a change from last season’s plexiglas.
The fabrics flowed down the runway with fluidity and finesse just like you would in mom’s most gorgeous making any school girl feel like his urban, sophisticated one or one with “Parisian elegance with a hint of humor.”