Georges Chakra Couture Spring Summer 2013 Paris

Couture meets pop culture, Middle East meets Asia, and Georges Chakra brings forth a collection in which glamour is electrified with the vibrations of a new era. In his Spring 13 collection, the designer reached out to a youthful, electro-pop sensibility. It was fast paced, energetic and promised a defying fusion inspired by futuristic megapolis and their denizens. Each look exuded sex appeal, daring and perhaps a whiff of seductive danger.

In an attempt to impart a younger, less classically glamorous image, Chakra fell into the trap of creating an inventory of overabundant proposals in which interesting silhouettes did crop up regularly. In no particular order, a black jumpsuit with a train lined in bright orange stood out, as did a construction of body-hugging pieces in orange, bright pink and black, fit for a sci-fi heroin that melded together into an A-line dress. Constructions of geometric pieces underlined by translucent mesh created a seemingly impossible construction. A sweet dress with an A-line skirt on the front revealed its true sheath shape from the back. Many good points, but sometimes too much of a good thing…

Had Chakra chosen only one or two themes to spin out in more detail, this could have been a heartthrob of a collection, with a definite preference for the sporty-couture variation that his initial silhouettes hinted at.
For all it was worth, this collection was high voltage throughout, showing that Chakra has creative energy to spare. Except perhaps for the finale, as his bride, although artfully presented, felt a little too classic for such a supercharged collection.

– Lily Templeton

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