Victoria Feldman and Tomas Berzins reflected on the meaning of femininity with their spring collection, put together in tandem with welcoming their second child in 15 months, daughter Terra, in July.
“Being parents gives you a challenge, it’s a very astonishing experience that makes you stronger, so we wanted to dedicate this collection to a woman doing multiple things,” Berzins explained backstage before the show. “It’s the evocation of a strong woman.”
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On the subject of multitasking, their designs did just that. Moving away from their fully reversible wardrobe of recent seasons, they offered instead a lineup that could be worn in any number of ways in a more understated color palette that would stand the test of time.
A shirtdress had open panels between the body and the sleeves and gold hardware, meaning it could be cinched to highlight the body or worn cape-like and sleeveless for a more casual stance. Shirts and tailored jackets had panels that could be draped across the body, proffering a fluid nonchalance. Striped shirts and matching boxer shorts had eyelets and slit details that hinted at the skin below as the models moved.
The final looks had removable chain skirts that dangled, evoking snakeskin, the serpent being one of the collection’s key motifs. “This season we were obsessed with snakes, as a symbol of fertility and protection,” Feldman said.
Such sinuous forms provided appliqué motifs on pleated shirtdresses in denim with streetwise appeal, while scale-like crop tops barely covered the body, held on with chains as the duo worked up the handicraft elements of their collection. “It’s feminine and sexy but cool,” Feldman summed up. “She can move easily in her clothes.”
Launch Gallery: Victoria/Tomas RTW Spring 2024
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