Luxury womenswear line Verlaine previewed their S/S 2012 collection yesterday for the press.  The line, designed by Christine Dow, was founded in 2009 and from what I saw I expect it will only gain popularity in seasons to come.

As described by Verlaine, the collection presents pieces that are “simultaneously edgy and elegnt – a perfect mix for the intelligent gypsy traveler that is the Verlaine woman.”  This is by no means an exaggeration.  Dow has managed to manipulate fabrics in such a way that they are as draped and flowing as they are geometric.  It’s an intriguing combination that results in pieces you just want to keep looking at, trying to figure them out.  The collection is a mix of one-part Far Eastern influence, one-part Boho-Chic, and a lot of imagination.  When I asked Christine what type of woman she envisions wearing her line, she said that it’s not for any specific type of woman, but one who wants to be able to throw something on and look chic regardless of where she’s going.


The collection is any jet-set girls dream come true.  The pieces can all be easily combined, layered, and nothing looks fussy or uncomfortable.  I was most impressed by Dow’s manipulation of natural fabrics, which include various silks and cotton.  For women who want the more interesting shapes that synthetics offer, but can’t wear them, this collection is ideal.  However, it’s also designed for a jet-set budget as pieces range from $275 - $2200.  Still, it’s a collection deserving of a splurge.  If not for the price, I personally would have purchased the entire collection myself.

The upside?  Verlaine also released a diffusion line called V for Verlaine.  The same effect, slightly more casual, but much easier on the piggy bank.

Verlaine is available at luxury retailers across North America, Asia and the Middle East.  For more info visit www.verlaine.us .