2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Marily Monroe’s passing. Her memory lives on for Spring 2013 in Erin Barr’s recently unveiled collection. Specifically, the inspiration came from a time in the ’50s when Marilyn Monroe met Frank Stella, an artist who’s iconicism parallels that of Marilyn’s. It was during this time that Marilyn Monroe began refining her own style and Frank Stella was exploring optic and labyrinth-like shapes in his artwork. The result of this meeting is reflected in the Erin Barr Spring 2013 collection in looks that are, “somewhat architecturally rigid, but with a certain softness to it.” The collection included a lot of structured pieces like a white button-up poplin paired off with a white /twill chiffon horizon skirt, black leather pleat front top with a double horizon skirt or a white dress featuring a leather black-cut out on the torso. Colors were primarily white, gray, black and red.
I found the collection to be very sexy but tasteful at the same time. If Marilyn Monroe were alive today, I’m sure she’d approve. Although the inspiration comes from the ’50s, there’s nothing about it that looks dated. It’s all very much fashion forward and wearable, especially with the cut-outs and the use of sheer fabrics. The models at the presentation were assembled in a ’50s lounge-like setup — possibly the easiest they’ll have it all week long!
Here are some photos I managed to take at the presentation:
I’ll be posting hi-res images of the collection shortly. In the meantime, find out more about Erin Barr by visiting her official site here.