My first encounter with Emilio de la Morena’s designs was when I saw a picture of Leighton Meester at last year’s VMA Awards. Her dress reminded me of one of my all-time favorite movie characters– Leeloo from The Fifth Element, who spent 2 hours running around in an amazing creation designed by none other than Jean Paul Gaultier. White bandages never looked so chic and strategically placed– until they were dyed black and mixed with delicate chiffon by a man named Emilio de la Morena.
Since then, I have obsessively stalked photos of his collections, and I am really loving what I see. Emilio de la Morena is a Spanish designer who was originally a sculptor, which explains the intriguing shapes and architectural qualities to his designs. They’re edgy, bold and futuristic, and in many cases (though not all) he steers clear of costume territory through a brilliant use of soft layering for a very smartly-sexy look. I’m crazy for his mix of details – intricate origami pleats, sculpted ruffles, twisted bodices framed by broad, simple panels of fabric – it’s an incredibly sane expression of crazy.