This fun, flirty collection for fall 2002 has a lot more underlying meaning
than it appears to at first.
At first glance, its concept is deceivingly simple:
it looks playful with bright magenta and black combinations, but beneath
the coquettish style of Vassel & Esoin is the inspiration of
lives touched by the world tragedies of fall 2001.
‘Last Night of Sexiness’, their first collection and
showing at Toronto Fashion Week, is a mix of modern, feminine daywear
and evening wear separates that together, and a statement about the uncertainty
of tomorrow and living in the moment.
Vassel & Esoins success could very well lie
in their ability to provide interchangeable separates while not sacrificing
their own stylish details. Their georgette tops in silk and perforated
wool skirts brought a softer silhouette to the Toronto runways, with distinct,
creative accenting like leather flower appliqués, tear-drop cut-outs
and long, sparse fringe. The peasant-sleeved tops, embroidered leather
belts and silk head wraps gave a spirit of urban gypsy chic, complete
with modern spike-heeled boots. Although the miniskirt was not present
in many for the other shows, Vassel & Esoin included it in their collection.
Perfect for anyone who lives life to the fullest, ‘Last
Night of Sexiness’ has a sort of youthful joie de vivre that was
refreshing with just a hint of 60s and 70s nostalgia.