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In this season, Melissa Diamantidi aspires to appeal to the new, modern woman who embodies individuality with her progressive fashion awareness. Inspired by the Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the AW2012 collection evolves around the combination of flowing, natural forms with more tailored and geometric shapes. Melissa immersed herself in the study of ice formations and crystal growth. When viewed at a microscopic level, un-tampered and natural forms of the snowflakes exaggerate structural qualities – a powerful disassociation with such fragility. The emergence of this concept is to juxtapose the aesthetics of sharp style lines, sector-like ends and constructive 3D climbing frames. Intrigued by this contrast, Melissa has explored combinations of refined tailoring and unique draping in her latest collection. Uniquely distorted, with seemingly no limitations, the collection slowly explores angles and asymmetry to represent the movement and growth of formations. Silks, jerseys, leathers and British wools are manipulated to resonate the three-dimensional quality whilst presenting depth and shadow with sheer, translucent fabrics. Constructive concepts develop into reflective movements throughout the collection of bodysuits, dresses, coats and jumpsuits within a refined palette of black, cream, nude, cinnamon and gold.
About the Designer
Melissa is based in London, United Kingdom. She studied at Parsons, New York and graduated in 2008. Her collections are produced in United Kingdom.
British-born designer Melissa Diamantidi grew up in Athens, Greece and returned to England to pursue degrees both in Fine Art and Business Law before setting her mind on Fashion Design. Moving between the world of academia and creativity, Melissa Diamantidi graduated from Parsons, New York, in 2008 and in the same year moved to London to work under the guidance of Roland Mouret.
In 2011, Melissa Diamantidi launched her first collection from her London-based studio, and has already been seen in publications such as Vogue and Marie Claire. Aspiring to appeal to the new, modern woman who embodies individuality with her progressive fashion awareness, Melissa Diamantidi's collections consist of refined tailoring and unique drapery, challenging conventional methods of finishing. Constructive concepts develop into reflective movements, juxtaposing the aesthetics of modern femininity and understated details with sharp style lines and clean-cut silhouettes.
In honour of supporting British manufacturers, all Melissa Diamantidi pieces are produced in London.