Fashion Week: Burch Borges Spring 2009

?The Spring 2009 collection of Burch Borges was unveiled on Wednesday evening, September 3, 2008 at the Dactyl Gallery in SOHO. I went there expecting little but walked out surprised and very impressed.

Designer John Mollet was?inspired by the art of Jean August Ingres, the 17th century French artist. The painting Le Grande Odalisque uses different colors and textures, from earth tones to blues to olive greens. The collection is also inspired by the Mayan philosophies of 2012: hence we see (in extremely detailed men?s and women?s costumes) earth tones and beige, pool blue paired with dark blue, and one singular figure dressed in a transparent fiery red gown. She is the ?sacrifice? in ancient Mayan ritual.

Primarily a men?s collection with a few luxurious pieces for women, the Spring Summer 2009 wardrobe showcased a gamut of clothing: from jeans with beautiful jeweled grommets running down the side, to off the shoulder ruched dresses in dark earth tones. One of the most interesting pieces was a jacket made entirely of beautifully textured peacock features. ?It took two weeks to make that jacket,? Mollet says. ?It was hand sewn and each layer was done painstakingly, using Mayan techniques.?

Mollet is know for his bespoke work, and the level of granularity in his work ?from buttons strategically and symmetrically placed on shirts, to hand dyed snakeskin jackets? is evident. When asked why he chose to debut a women?s wear collection, Mollet said, ?Women loved my bespoke work and asked me if I would make pieces for them, so I decided to do both men and women?s wear this year.?

The pieces are casual but chic enough to wear to a cocktail party without being over the top like a Marchesa gown. Where can you buy his clothes? ?Currently, they?re available online,? he laughs. There is no doubt that his pieces will get scooped up by some savvy buyer in the future. Visit www.burchborges.com

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