By: Michelle Natalia
Yoana Baraschi, a Romanian designer, was raised in a family of artists. Her mother, Elli Baraschi, was a teacher and a true fashionista. Her father, Constantin Baraschi, a leading figure in the Romanian art world, was a renowned sculptor and Dean of the Fine Arts Institute.Yoana also studied drawing and sculpture from an early age and continued her education at the Fine Arts Institute of Bucharest, where she received a BA in Sculpture. She went on to Paris and landed her first design job working for Emmanuelle Khanh as an embroidery designer.
The elements of embroidery are still quite alive in her collections to date. She displays tunics, skirts and dresses detailed with floral stitching. In Yoana’s latest fall collection, which was inspired by Jazz music, the details included sunburst yellow patterns and diamond brocade motifs. The stitching was intricately sewed on top silk overlay fabrics. The colors were vibrant in hues of cobalt blue, fuchsia, marigold but also subdued in heather grays and ebony tones of jet black.
The shapes within the collection included a-line and pelumn dresses in solid fabrics and color block details. The fabrics incorporated were interesting knits of metallic tweed for suit tailoring. The print materials were from India and abroad with luxurious intricacy. My favorite in the collection was a hot pink cocktail dress with bronze hammered metal detailing which seemed to drip effortlessly across the bodice and along side of the skirt. The entire collection was on trend with Navajo prints, color blocking and metallic details surely to make a splash this fall.