By Merry Wu

On Wednesday September 12, New York based designer Fotini premier her Spring/Summer 2013 Collection during her second appearance at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Fotini built a brand that showcases ultra-feminine, flirty and current collections. The combination of luxurious fabrics, modern finishes and her personal love of corsetry is the DNA of the brand.

Therefore staying true to her ideal that women should wear what they feel good in and still keep their femininity, Fotini draws inspiration from 18th Century French painters.

Many 18th century artists used delicate colors to create sumptuous looks and Fotini does the same with her collection. She uses the muted color palette of artists like Watteau, Boucher, and Fragonard to transform her collection into her own personal canvas for Spring/Summer 2013. Mainly colors like butter, sage, soft pink, lavender, taupe and white which comes straight from the canvas of a Rococo Painting.

Plus as an ode to Madame de Pompadour, Fotini used organza, silk chiffon, and lace fabrics with a signature print of an elegant wisteria applied on the evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and ready to wear pieces.

Using the same techniques as these artists, Fotini transforms the soft and airy quality of the movement in France into a sensual and feminine collection designed for a woman of mystery, elegance, and grace. Fotini also successfully captured the playful and witty ethos of the period with her presentation.

Instead of a normal runway show, Fotini creates a romantic garden representing the same gardens of Versailles. Her models are then situated around the gardens just like women waiting to be painted and admired for their elegance and femininity.

In Fotini’s words, “Who said a dress could not be a canvas?”

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