NEW YORK, NY September 20, 2013/FR/
Ren Pearce and Andrew Fionda are known for their creation of exceptionally glamorous ball gowns and eveningwear. The two designers met whilst studying in Nottingham and first showed at London Fashion Week in 1995. Today marked their return after a lengthy absence. Pieces dripped with Gatsby-esque decadence. The collection was inspired by the beauty and femininity of the 1920s and 1950s and was hosted in the appropriately imposing art deco building of The Freemason’s Hall, Covent Garden, among Masonic statues and sparkling marble floors.
Fabrics were luxurious – lace, satin, and mesh frosted with diamantes and delicate beadwork. Dramatic shoulders, plunging necklines, and jackets were tied with silk ribbon. The focus of the collection was no doubt the back, which Pearce Fonda dubbed the “forgotten erogenous zone.” Backs were visible through diamond cut-outs on jackets, low cowl draping and through mesh overlays. It was a collection that will no doubt be seen all over red carpets, come summer next year.