A touch of Nostalgia

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


SPRING/SUMMER collections often display bright splashes of color, or soft pastels and candy hues. Couture designer Dexter Alazas does something a little different for his collection this season. These dresses are a little less sweet than the expected carnation pink or baby blue, lending softness through fabrics and a more muted color palette.

For these creations, Dexter worked with shades of brown, the lucky color of the lunar new year for the wooden horse. “I love the nostalgia of brown mixed with gold baroque appliques,” the designer says.

In different interpretations, one brown and gold dress has delicate cap sleeves and a high neckline to balance out the drama of an open upper back.

Another dress is one-shouldered with a three-quarter sleeve. The cuts and soft pleating on both dresses are complemented with the luxurious gold appliques.

A third dress in a different design has a nude jersey bodice with small crystals and gold floral appliques. Multiple thin layers of mesh tulle create a cascade of ruffles that fall to the floor. One leg is revealed daringly high up to add a seductive touch to volumes of soft material.

To complement both the softness of the fabrics and the sultry finish of the dresses, makeup artist Janice Barillo went with a smokey eye, a year-round favorite for couture looks like these. She softly blended black, gray and shimmery brown eyeshadows from the lashes to the crease.

She used a creamy black gel eyeliner on the top and bottom lash lines, and lined the lower rims as well. She used a shimmery highlighter along the brow bone and inner corners of the eye. To complete the strong, smokey eyes, she applied several coats of mascara topped with dramatic false eyelashes. She finished the look with nude lips on one model and berry lips on another, showing how versatile the classic smokey eye can be.

With some show of skin, Dexter says these dresses “speak sexy in the right places,” while the soft and sheer fabrics are “perfect for graceful exits.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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