"Inhabitable spaces inspiring wearable pieces" is the motto behind designer and architect Lara Presber's namesake line, which is constructed from sustainable materials and manufactured in Canada. Each season's collection is inspired by the nuances of a building that has captured Presber's imagination. For spring/summer 2011, the building in question is the Art Gallery of Alberta, an intriguing structure composed of curved glass grids and scrolled metallic rooftops.
Art Gallery of Alberta (image source: Wikipedia)
Presber's work stands on its own merit, but familiarity with the architectural inspiration behind her collection can intensify appreciation of it. One can see the curvatures of the scrolling metallic rooftops in the oversized panels that make up the necklines of her halter dresses. The black-and-white circle print chiffon--used in a wrap dress and as floaty decorative panels in one of the halter dresses--also evokes the curvature motif as well as the colour schema of the AGA.
By contrast, the plaid print and sharply slanting straight lines in her sheath dresses are reminiscent of the building's more angular traits. As trite as this sounds, I can't think of a better way to describe these looks than to say that they're "architectural," and I do mean that as a compliment.
If you'd like to learn more about Lara Presber, check out this interview from my blog archives.
All runway photos in this post by Wayne Mah.