The Fall/Winter 2012 collection by Rita Vinieris for her Rivini line was an exquisite application in the juxtaposition of lightness and darkness, movement and romanticism. In an ode to the art of movement and ethereal beauty, the collection was appropriately shown in the auditorium of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. We readied ourselves for a performance a la mode and received a spectacular showing.
In the famed studio, the dresses moved to their own beat, dancing effortlessly around the models’ lithe frames with feathers and weightless fabrics floating in a quiet rhythmic way. Vinieris added some deeply romantic colors to the collection. Painterly shades of elderberry, which looked good enough to eat, peach, fawn and palest charcoal. These eclectic hues would compliment skin tones from light to dark with their warm undertones, surprising but never shocking.
Some of our favorite pieces in the collection were Vinieris’ very fragile, light dresses in layers of tulle, chiffon and lace. We loved the Aurora gown, a light peach chiffon column with all-over beaded buds and soft, fluttery tulle sleeves and neckline. The pair of short dresses that opened the show were stunners as well. Short, but soft and delicate, they set the mood for what was to come.
First, Lola, all feathers and layers of organza discs on a strapless mini, then Tempeste, a misty blush chiffon dress with subtly cowled neckline and a hem of flighty feathers and chiffon. Her soft dresses continued with incredible goddess chiffons, floaty tulles mixed with lace and beaded tulle capes.
The Rivini collection is always known for chic, wearable, structured gowns and this season delivered those as well. The Xsenia and Waverly gowns were brilliant examples of mixing the classic ideal of a wedding dress with wild moments of cascading horsehair layered skirts and ruffled fabrics nestled under multiple peplums on a classic A-line shape. The Karisma gown was another standout. In a soft fawn shade, this organza mermaid draped charmingly around the body with incredible silk floral applique and crystal vine beading.
Like a brilliantly choreographed ballet, Rita Vinieris offers the Rivini bride a multitude of choices…soft or structured, light or dark, delicate or bold. Whatever the choice, just remember to dance to your own tune.