NEW YORK, September 5, 2008/ FW/- Rubin Singer’s Spring 2009 collection, “Voyage,” combined modern details with 1940s nautical, femininity. If you could imagine a glamorous woman boarding a yacht in St. Tropez in sometime like 1945 combined with today, she would be wearing Rubin Singer. The contrast piping, polka dots, stripes, modified racer backs, and exquisite sleeves on his jackets showed off Singer’s ingenuity. The transition from very yacht-chic to modern, St. Tropez was done beautifully with a printed silk chiffon used in sexy, modern dresses. And, lets not forget to mention the ever-beautiful use of Christian Louboutin shoes on each model.
Singer truly took the audience on a voyage, both through time and through the luxurious fashions of the yacht life. In an “Anything Goes” sort of way, women will flock to the romantic qualities of his silhouettes and dramatic details. The use of feathered head pieces, statement gold and beaded jewelry, and sexy back cut outs added a necessary drama to the pieces. In addition to the classically feminine pieces, Singer added in some ultra-modern, unique draping and shoulder shapes to keep the collection interesting. One unexpected element that made the pieces modern and edgy, and opposite from the romantic and feminine theme of the collection, was the snakeskin ingredient. The differing textures were appealing, and the exoticness paired well with the avant-garde, nautical theme.
Mr. Singer comes from a dynasty of Russian fashion designers. His grandfather, whom he is named after, was one of the most celebrated couturiers of the Soviet Union. Rubin trained under his father at Alik Singer’s storefront in Manhattan. He then studied in Europe and under his father’s guise, before beginning his career at Oscar de La Renta in New York. In 2007 Singer introduced his own collection. Produced with Couture precision, the Rubin Singer collection features angular cuts, whimsical proportions and bold, original prints.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week