Busardi Autumn/Winter 2014

Busardi, the international prêt-à-couture label known for producing high-end evening gowns presented a much darker and sinister collection for fall, entitled 'Thorns'. 'My girls are no longer prim and proper,' said Busardi Muntarbhorn backstage, 'I decided to give this collection a subversive and wicked spin'.

Busardi channelled her educational background in landscape architecture into this collection - a sartorial narrative based around the darkened rose motif. For with the rose comes the thorn, the girls centre stage had their hair tucked behind leather thorn chokers made exclusively for Busardi. Prim rose and floral lace appliqué of season's past evolved to thorns that adorned the bodice of duchess satin dresses and trailing down delicate translucent tulle skirts. Injecting allure into the collection, provocative slits, subtle cleavage, shorter cuts and sheer panelling gave the vampy girls a newfound audacity and sensuality.

Strong woman audacity was also highlighted in the palette of bold colours: electric blue, royal purple, crimson and black. Roses were printed on silk Mikado used to make an array of tailored jackets and dresses which allowed the evil rose motif to blossom beyond the appliqué and spill onto the fabric.

The showstopper of this collection, however, was what Busardi described as the 'warrior dress' inspired by the armoury of Thai warriors in the 16th century. Worn by a fiery red hair model, we all stepped close to examine the craftsmanship behind this hand embroidered lace gown with a rich draped trail of elusive chiffon which exemplified the house of Busardi's respect to tradition and it's 65-year heritage.

Busardi Autumn/Winter 2014 Looks:

Busardi Autumn/Winter 2014 Illustration:

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Photography: Christopher Dadey and Haley Ma (Courtesy of Forward PR)
Videography: Alex Phelps
Fashion Illustration: Scott W. Mason