Travis Taddeo F/W 2012

Described in the liner notes as the “Doomed Generation,” Travis Taddeo claimed to be inspired by turmoil and social chaos for F/W 2012. Although that seemed like a heavy concept, the collection was anything but. Easily one of his most wearable – and desirable – collections to date, Taddeo’s woman was one who emerged from the rubble, determined and confident to take on the world.

The simple palate of white, cream, grey and red (looking as tasty as a bowl of hot tomato soup), Taddeo smartly used silk, jersey, leather and fur for his pieces. The minimal aesthetic was streamlined and straightforward, with no bells and whistles. Not many people can show such restrain on the runway.

Of course, most pieces clings to a woman’s figure, but there are options for those who aren’t model-thin. Short lengths with some longer options (a to-the-floor, black T-shirt dress with a keyhole cut-out was a looker) and the red leather and fox fur jacket had many fans, while the half jersey/half leather sweat pants would need an adjustment period of acclimatization.

Was it innovative and groundbreaking? No. Was it sexy and suggestive? Yes. Sometimes, that’s all that’s needed.

written by: Steven Carver

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