Wednesday designer spotlight and today I chose the French-born Barbara Bui. Her first venture in fashion was the opening of a boutique named Kabuki in 1983. Originally it was a retailer of other designer's collections but Bui started to introduce some pieces of her own work and just four years later she presented her first collection to the international fashion press and this is how her main line was born. In the same 1988 she opened her first Barbara Bui shop in Paris. Ever since from the very beginning the core of her work have been strength and elegance. What Bui admires is femininity and the is emphasized by the use of delicate embroidery against block tonal leather. By 1998 her diffusion line, Barbara Bui Initials, was translating the classic style from the main line into daywear. In 1999 the designer temporarily moved her shows from Paris to New York before removing her collections all together from the catwalk. She returned to the Paris catwalks in 2004 with her signature fur leather and killer heels. Today Bui presides over 4 collection and shops in Paris, Milan and New York.
She defines her signature designs as balancing elegant simplicity with the freedom of rock'n'roll romanticism says that with her work she's trying to give an expression to a womanhood that is at once touching and true, fragile and fearless. The designer is inspired by encounters, music, films, thoughts, moments of grace, cities, women in general and soaking in the natural environment. What's very interesting is that the main influence to her career is an Yves Saint Laurent exhibition she visited in the very beginning of it. Beauty to her is "the simplicity of being: an innate beauty that is not dependent on the beholder."
Here are my favorite designs from the Fall/Winter 2011/2012 RTW collection. I love the structured, sexy and tough looks and the use of classic black, white and beige with metallic accents! Don't you?
"Don't be impatient. Be demanding and trust your intuitions."
~ Barbara Bui
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