The Kryptonite-A A +A
Thursday, October 18, 2012
SOMETIMES, strength can be drawn from one’s own weakness.
This is a familiar concept especially to the fans of Superman. He was the comic protagonist with supernatural powers. He had one flaw though—the kryptonite. Remember that green ore famous for being the ultimate weakness of our favorite superhero?
Then the phrase “my kryptonite” was coined as a form of admission to one’s weakness.
Over time, kryptonite has become synonymous with Achilles’ heel.
Enterprising designer Kenneth Harion was inspired by the notion of frailty, devising a collection he boldly calls “The Kryptonite.”
Taking its cue from the legendary stone, Harion formed an image in his mind of a “metallic infusion over pure white fabric encrusted with Swarovski elements to create the falling stalactite look.”
If the image is not clear enough, Harion crafted four designs that would translate his words into clothes.
Sexy becomes an understatement when looking at his femme ensembles. The two numbers shimmer in sheer fabric as if to celebrate a woman’s shining beauty.
While one features a pair of slacks and the other design has a long skirt, both exude fluid grace that resembles femininity.
On the other hand, Harion took masculinity to an entirely different level with his two designs for men. One is the designer’s modern take on Aladdin’s garb. The back is a welcome surprise with translucent material and glitter.
The second design is just as thrilling with Harion’s version of a man’s suit. The shirt need not be as dense as the coat and trousers but the effect is still dapper.
Each of the four designs is intricately handcrafted with beading and crystals that vividly illustrate Harion’s description of fashion as the “(world’s) ongoing quest for innovation, beauty and perfection.”
For finesse, he integrated an interesting range of brilliant elements like Swarovski crystals, metallic pearls, cut mirrors and matte porcelain rhinestones. To sustain the intensity of elegance, he used fine fabrics like Lycra, French chiffon and spandex.
Obviously these designs are not for casual occasions. Harion shared he intended his ensembles to be exhibited at “red carpet events, high fashion couture parties and international beauty contests.”
But who knows? People might just realize that these designs are like Kryptonite and one should just cave in to his weaknesses and don one with downright pride.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 19, 2012.