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New York Fashion Week Fall 2013: La Perla Presentation


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Kicking off New York Fashion Week on February 7, La Perla hosted a sexy Spanish and surrealism inspired presentation at the swanky Dream Downtown.

For its Fall 2013 collection, the luxury Italian lingerie brand drew inspiration from the late 1903′s Spain and the classic film, “Manolete,” which tells the story of one of the most famous toreadors in history, as both a lover and a fighter. The toreadors jackets, “traje de luz” are ornate with design and rich in color and styles in the Fall La Perla collection were inspired by those embroideries and embellishments.

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Black and lace was also used throughout the collection, inspired by “mantiglia,” the lace shawls worn by Spanish women to cover their shoulders to create an air of mystery and seduction.

The new La Perla collection represents the splendor of classic Italian style with Spanish flair and an ode to the rich culture and style during that time.

Stand-out pieces included a silk satin black nightgown with fringe overlay, nude tulle and macrame and a sheer tulle romper with embroidered medallion detail.

La Perla also showcased their recently re-launched Black Label which was inspired by art and eros- with the surrealism of Salvador Dali and Miro, and the fashion designers of Elsa Schiaparelli.

The collection translate dreamlike inspirations into an erotic wave of intriguing embroideries, sheer mesh and structured pieces that enhance the feminine shape yet with an edgy design

La Perla was founded in Italy in 1954  by corset-maker Ada Masotti. The name “La Perla” was came about from red velvet lined jewelry cases his pieces were originally transported in. The brand has since expanded to include swimwear, shapewear,  fragrances and boutiques worldwide.

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