Hot on the high heels of her successful show at London Fashion Week, international designer Sofia Dourvari will be showing her 2014 pre-autumn collection at Manchester Fashion Week, a four day event over this Easter weekend.
Sofia is a Greek designer who graduated from Salford University in BA (HONS) Fashion Design and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Textile Technology. Her designs are created for independent, confident women and the pre-autumn collection provides some exciting looks to bridge the gap between the spring/summer and autumn/winter seasons. Colours include black, and metallics, with fabrics in Duchess satin, organza, Georgette, faux leather and brocade an also influenced by her Mediterranean roots. . Sofia describes leather as a ‘new love’ and has used it to create simple shapes, as well as combining it with lace and, most interestingly, leather lace, for this collection.
The collection is made up of three parts – party dresses, cocktail dresses and long gowns – and, as with all Sofia Dourvari designs, there is a focus on shape and structure being used to create elegant and sophisticated looks. This season, Sofia has taken her inspiration from nature’s striking visual moments, such as raindrops glimmering on leaves and the dramatic majesty of flowers in different weather. Using dark brocade, leather lace and 3D structural flowers, Sofia has created pieces that can be easily distinguished by their unique finish. Long gowns with airy hems, structured from flower shapes, capture some of the effortless grace of nature and empower the wearer.
The statement piece is a ballerina extravaganza cocktail dress with handsewn rosettes. Be sure not to miss this stunning dress, as well as the other amazing pieces, from Sofia Dourvari at Manchester Fashion Week 2014.
Photographer: Steve Coleman Art Direction & Fashion Styling: Nicholas Parnell Hair, Make Up & Prop Styling: Beatriz Lopez Model: Laura Coleman (BMA Models) Clothing: Sofia Dourvari Jewellery: Wearing Memories