Unlike many designers, Natalia Alaverdian is not one to focus on one reference point when creating her collections. Instead, she takes bits and pieces of various inspirations and constructs clothes that various people might recognize from various references. This is how she approached her Pre-Fall 2019 Collection, which calls to mind the minimalism and sexual energy of the 1990s. During this decade, the likes of Calvin Klein, Rei Kawakubo, Gianni Versace, and Tom Ford reigned supreme, all of which Alaverdian paid to homage to in different ways. The clean minimalist pieces, streamlined to perfection, were obvious nods to Klein, while the deconstructed garments, some even draped off of the model’s body, were in reverence to Kawakubo’s lasting legacy in fashion. The fearless use of color and exposed decolletage were Versace-esque in kind, while the tailored looks and hints of leather harkened back to Tom Ford’s bombastic days in Gucci. Yet, despite this flurry of references, Alaverdian still managed to make her collection her own. This goes to show that she herself is on her way to being one of the greats that inspired her this season.
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