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23 September 2009

Spring/Summer 2010: The dame of the desert

The new Elena Mirò collection features an enchanting, elegant “dame of the desert”.
As for the character played by Kristin Scott Thomas in “The English Patient”, the desert represents a unique opportunity for change and confrontation. A new, more discreet and refined sense of beauty advances amidst picturesque dunes of sand, driven by the enveloping currents of the Ghibli wind.
This is a panorama made up of distant visions, of enticing mirages on the horizon in which stylistic influences from throughout the 1900s flow together to be reinterpreted with a contemporary spirit, giving rise to unusual combinations of forms and materials.
We live in a habitat where distant languages are closely inter-related: so the collection makes the graphic inspiration of ‘30s art déco its own for example, while marrying it with the ethnic sensitivity of far-off latitudes, creating tasteful stylized motifs. Both the prints to be found on the dresses and the metal weaves of the necklaces turn into something new with unexpected details, superseding the original inspirations. The past becomes topical.
In the same way, ‘60s-style pants are matched with oversize volumes – clearly inspired by the ‘80s – and dandy mitts. The silhouettes mingle too, drawing on and reworking the past, suggesting an idea of great freedom and modernity.
The desert becomes the Elena Miró woman, as it annuls all distance and idea of time, and it is precisely the desert  – with its substances and motifs – that embellishes the entire collection in the sequin embroideries, the clinging shoulder straps, and the choice of fabrics: cottons, coarse linen, cotton linen, silk. The clothes come to life in the harmonious metal weaves, the jerseys are very fine with openwork.
Major focus on natural shades conjure up spices (vanilla, cinnamon, saffron, paprika, black) highlighting the sensorial liveliness of the garments.
Elena Miró moves with ease amidst refined references to the past, far-off areas of the world and diverse aesthetic canons, reinterpreting them to give us a real idea of the future, in which elegance needs unforeseen, global traits d’union.