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Ranna Gill has sustained a combination of style and substance that makes all her collections so stunning. The designer has gravitated toward nature as her chief inspiration for Spring Summer 2013 at WIFW and her collection presented by Fiama Di Wills is evocative of a sculpture garden... perhaps her own personal Garden of Eden. It made for a surreal fantasy and you may find yourself hankering for some of the sensuous feminine forms sheathed in silk jerseys and silk georgettes and in-house woven brocade.  Her collection is a mélange of flora and fauna. There are orchids and birds of Paradise and natural locations. It has worked well for the designer who has graduated into a force to be reckoned with in the womenswear world. 

Ranna is chockablock with ideas. She has always favored sparkle and trimmings and here too it is achieved in part by detachable embellishments (sequinned animals and birds or a crystal neckpiece that appears to be a part of the garment but is removable) and in part by sequins. There is an absorption and reimagining of some of her signature styles and indomitably glamorous spirit in this decadent collection. The beautifully woven maxis and kaftans, Jersey dresses and tunics and skirts indicate a move toward easier Seventies styles and further evidence of this drift is in the tie-dye looks which are a little nostalgic though shibori patterns of flora and fauna feel modern. These are the pieces that any girl would love to put on and never take off! PS The collection is presented in a profusion of color—though unlike colors you'd find in nature as hot fluorescent shades and pastels are splashed on a white base. Hey in Ranna Gill's hands it is a cool challenge to nature's own chaotic palette!!


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