TEX SAVERIO A/W14 PARIS FASHION WEEK

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I attended the Tex Saverio show in Paris on Tuesday after what felt like a million hours of travelling, but boy what a day it turned out to be. After waking up at 5am to catch a train, tube and finally the Eurostar, we arrived in Paris. First stop, the nearest café to the Gare du Nord we could find to eat as many crépes au sucre we could manage.

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After much discussion in poor broken French with a taxi driver, we finally established where we wanted to be, the show’s venue the Automobile Club de France on the Place de la Concorde, just a short walk from the Champs Elysées. The show started at 2pm local time and was just as enchanting as was expected from a Tex Saverio collection. The only difference for me was being able to see it up close and be able to capture, first hand, the intricate detailing and shimmering fabrics Saverio is known for.

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With a palette strictly of black and gold, the collection consisted of the use of rich decadent fabrics detailed with intricate bedding a laser-cut detailing. The ornate head pieces glittered under the spotlights, an aspect which cannot be transcribed through photos, as with the glittering gowns.

 

Hair and makeup was kept simple and pared back, letting the clothing speak for themselves. The 7-inch platform shoes with backwards-curved heels added another other-wordly quality, much reminiscent of McQueen. This being Saverio’s second ready-to-wear collection, I think it definitely seals his place on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar, proof of what a success he is as an up-and-coming designer and a true sign of his accomplishments to come.

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Below are some professional shots from the collection.
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TEX SAVERIO TAKES ON PARIS FASHION WEEK

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One of my personal favourite designers, Tex Saverio from Indonesia, is gearing up to showcase his latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2014. This marks his second season showing Ready-To-Wear on the Paris Fashion Week off-schedule. A year ago, Saverio’s eponymous label was made a part of a joint program between London College of Fashion and Indonesia Fashion Forward. The result of which was the creation of Saverio’s first official ready-to-wear collection, only nine months later, launching last October for Spring/Summer 2014.
Known mainly for his outlandish and beautifully avant-garde creations, this collaboration shows Saverio’s capability to translate his innovative designs into ready-to-wear products, fit for western consumers.

You may not have specifically heard the name “Tex Saverio” but I’m sure that a lot of you will have seen his work. That exquisite wedding gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games? That’s Saverio’s. Having been a fan of his for almost three years now, I can’t wait to see what Autumn/Winter 2014 brings. Listen out for Tex Saverio, you’ll be hearing his name more and more, I’m sure of it. Stay tuned on the blog for updates on the Tex Saverio A/W 2014 collection!

The photos below are from the Tex  Saverio collection for Spring/Summer 2014. All photos courtesy of the Tex Saverio Facebook page.

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LEGEND IN THE MAKING – TEX SAVERIO

The day the US edition of Harper’s Bazaar’s May 2011 issue came out, I went straight to the shop to buy it. The usual routine of excitement of knowing my ultimate idol is on the cover of yet another magazine, panic over whether there will be any copies left and a sense of relief and almost geeky euphoria when I have the photos and interview in my hand. This routine was slightly different. I still got the pre-excitement/panic before owning the magazine, but this time, when I turned to the article featuring my idol Lady Gaga, the dress she was wearing almost outshone the star herself. I was immediately taken with the design and had to find out more about the designer that had created such a divine specimen of a dress. One quick glance at the bottom of the page informed me that the designer in question was Indonesian-based Tex Saverio. It took me all of three seconds to Google his name and what I found was utterly mesmerising. His first collection for Jakarta Fashion Week was for spring/summer 2011, named “My Courtesan” and I find it very difficult to sum up the collection using words. It is undeniable that his workmanship is truly incredible, and what I find most amazing is how he is virtually unknown to the western fashion world. His creations are so outlandishly fantastic and exquisite that it’s a wonder why he’s not already known as a legend in the making. Personally, I cannot comprehend how amazingly talented this young designer is. His latest collection “The Revelation” was an exploration of the duality of good and evil in The Revelation. The dresses were showcased as an almost performance art piece on the runway at Jakarta Fashion Week. If I could create my own race of people, this is how we would all look. His designs are perfection itself.
After discovering Tex’s work over the internet, I felt that I really needed to get into contact with him just to express my admiration for his work. After contacting Tex’s manager via email, I felt I had to pass on a message to Tex expressing my adoration towards his creations, and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the man himself…

Is there any one person you have in your mind as a muse that you look to when designing?
Maybe it’s not particularly one person, but at one time it could be one person. Gaga is definitely my muse. In general I’m always inspired by a woman with a strong character. Very strong one, perhaps.

What is your favourite part of designing a garment? Is it the process or seeing the end product?
The part when I could turn my imagination into reality, when I get the “looks” that I imagined it to be.

What inspires you most?
A woman. I learn a lot from a woman, and I get a lot of ideas… It is always a mix of the character of a woman and my fantasy.

I am also a huge Lady Gaga fan, what was it like to have her wear one of your exquisite dresses in Harper’s Bazaar?
I was surprised. I was in the middle of a meeting when I got the news from the internet.

You are known as “Indonesia’s Alexander McQueen”, how does it feel to be compared to such a legend in the fashion industry?
Nahh… That’s simply too much! I am nothing compared to him, I think he is incomparable. He’s a legend, while I’m just a new kid. But however this will motivate me to go higher…

Where do you hope the brand to progress to in the future?
I hope to reach international market. Wish me luck!

 

After my interview with Tex, I began scouring the internet for yet more images of the designer’s work, and after analysing almost all of his creations, I now feel that his pieces provide both a physical and emotional journey and connection with both himself and the wearer. I feel this is a huge achievement with a collection and I really, honestly wish Tex all the luck in the world (Although, he won’t need my luck with the talent that he has!) and I hope that one day, Tex will be showing his designs globally!

CHECK OUT TEX SAVERIO’S WORK HERE.