Gala Avanpremiere, 10th edition

The 10th edition of Gala Avanpremiere was my first one, and my impressions were mixed. On one hand, I liked seeing so many familiar faces, from models to bloggers and local celebrities. I liked some of the collections and the overall mood of the show. What I did not like was having to stand throughout the show, and having to wait for a whole hour after the announced starting time – if you know me, you know I lose my patience waiting.

Ioana Ciolacu, “Aether”. Inspired by the Northern lands, isolation and fantasy. A minimal collection with voluminous shapes, only in black and white.

A & S Negulescu, “Raw”. Anca and Silvia Negulescu are looking to find some pure, raw essence in their collection. There is interesting usage of leather, almost erotic, but nothing outrageous. I would’ve liked to see some other colors here, like nude or beige.

Simona Semen, “Heaven Inside”. I’m so bored with black and with face masks on the catwalk. Leaving that aside, I really liked the two colorful looks from this collection, in a combination of blue and blush, and the usage of Bone accessories was quite interesting.

Lucian Pop, “Maya”. This menswear collection had just enough color for my taste. I wish I would’ve seen more of that in the women’s collections. What I didn’t understand about this line is why it was so summery in style, when the collection was autumn-winter, and why the male models were so rigid and almost shy.

Carmen Secareanu, “New Age College”. Did you know? Black is the new black. Carmen Secareanu’s collection was very urban, with a hint of hipster style, and it was accessorized to perfection with oversized beads necklaces by Roxana Davidescu and patent leather lace-up flats from Il Passo.

Natalia Vasiliev, “Golden Party”. Elegance from head to toe. With inspiration from Sankt Petersburg, the collection mixed brocade and velvet in royal colors and perfect silhouettes. I loved the golden accents from the Cristian Albu shoes and the spectacular necklaces and bracelets by Raluca Buzura.

Iris Serban, “Spiritele naturii”. A combination of romantic lace gowns, and sexy lingerie inspired looks, the collection bought a spot of color into the Gala.

The show ended with a collection by Dinu Bodiciu, but unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of it.

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