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Carla

Annie DiLalla, Canadian winner of the Smirnoff Fashion Awards 2001, wowed show watchers with her Carla labelís options for fall 2002. Classic with a modern touch, DiLallaís couture collection borrowed inspiration from ’20s flapper girls, ballerina and gothic styles. This unique mix of inspiration made DiLalla’s collection a highly awaited one.
   Simplicity was apparent, using a classic beige–black colour scheme and silk as her main fabric. DiLallaís flapper dresses are soft, flowing and swingy, with plunging V-necks and clean-cut boat necks that fall into looser lines. Simple waistlines were accessorized with a straight band or a single gift-bow inspired accent. Her “ballerina-goth” dresses, which had a bit of shock appeal with their leather details, are long and feminine with fitted bodices, tulle petticoats, square shoulders and full-length sleeves. These pieces in particular had a lot of definition and presented a bit of edge to her mostly soft collection. Brought together by clean tailoring, DiLalla's form-fitting and shape-emphasizing dresses are beautiful and elegant with a style all their own.
 

Ana Kuzmanic

A Dadaistís delight. The collection by Ana Kuzmanic, educated in Belgrade and Chicago, was inspired by Dada artist Hans Arp and stirred a lot of media attention at the New Labels’ showing.
   The collection had abstract creations balanced out by more conventionally tailored pieces. Elements of asymmetry, jagged silhouettes and geometric detailing combined with her themes of purity, simplicity and precision. Her big, bold shapes are sharp and contrasting in a collection of long, pleated crêpe pants, silk jersey skirts with fan-folded accents, loose-fitting red matte jersey dresses and lots of silk organza and wool. This textured mix provides both day and evening options, all uniquely elegant and a bit daring at the same time. The colours used were very natural—vibrant reds, mossy greens and stone greys were Kuzmanic's palette. The woman who wears Ana Kuzmanic is bold, independent and avant-garde and is sure to be attracted to the different personalities this collection holds.

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