Tina Kalivas’ Effeminate Edge

Australian Designer Tina Kalivas has us enchanted by her single 2009 collection. Parts of the collection are ultra-femme, full of intricate workmanship with ruffles, braided and shredded fabric, and pleatings carefully placed in her designs. And other parts of her collection are bursting with architectural shapes, straight lines, severe corset inspired bodices with quirky tie-died fabrics.

Saturated hues of fushias, violets and deep blues are tie-dyed on dresses and bodices and contrasted with midnight black accents. Be prepared to see exaggerated shoulders and cinched waists on short jackets, with a bit of a military feel, but with flare of course.

On the femme side, a white draped mini skirt complete with a braided gold buckle on the elastic shows a more modern side of a goddess.  Kalivas also shows a ruffled long sleeved dress in a girly pink that has just the right amount of edge when paired with a sheer black vest.

Kalivas’s attention to detail is no surprise considering she studied underwear and corsetry at the London College of Fashion—lots of details in those teeny tiny garments.  She also studied under Alexander McQueen as a seamstress, it helps when you learn from one of the industry’s best. Her clothes essentially hug the female form gliding just here and cinching just so there.

Kalivas finds her inspirations in history and takes us back to Ancient Greece with this collection. She uses mythology and astrology as the basis for her “Fortune” collection.

With only three years of her having her own line, Tina Kalivas has hit Australia by storm, and we are waiting with baited breath for pop up in boutiques around the globe.

–Madelyne Beckles


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