Fortuny's "Delphos" dresses were based on the pleated linen chitons worn by Greek maidens, as seen on Greek sculpture and vases.
They were designed to be worn without a corset, which was a revolution for the tightly corseted women of 1907.
Made of finely pleated silk, the gowns slip over the head with no opening but in the neck. The silk shirring cord allows for the garment to be made high or low, at will. The method used by Spanish artist and designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) to pleat silk was patented in 1909. These dresses can be accessorised to the best effect with long Oriental earrings and neck chains of links or beads reaching, at least one of them, half way to the knees.”
The "Delphos" was easy to pack and light to carry and it was favoured by artistic, wealthy women in Europe and the United States.
Wherever you put your name under these statements, chances are you will be hard pressed to add value to your money. Fashion industry spent years becoming more accessible to the middle classes, yet now that middle class is under pressure, where will you put your money?
The pictures above illustrate the Spring Collection from my favorite mail-order company.
The pictures below are the advertisements from another perenial favorite.
It seems that both English firms had a similar epiphany, bathing their models in the most sugary of pinks I have seen in recent years.
And I love them. Both.
Can I afford them?
Where do I choose to put my hard earned cash (or plastic?)
The Bayswater by Mulberry retails at €940
While the Lily goes for €1200
and the Tilly tote, my favorite, goes for €1200.
The leather is baby soft, but the price reflects more of a middle class Spring wardrobe.
Boden, on the other hand, offers stylish aspirantes a more affordable alternative to the seasons nude colourways.
The Metropolitan shopper, which is my favorite, retails for €179.