Photo: Helga Traxler.
Spanish designer Frank Tell's latest collection takes its inspiration from the Spanish moss and ivy of "The Living Wall" of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. While the materials (several of which include bamboo, paper, grass, embossed croc lambskin leather, sea island cotton, silk, and wool) are organic and earthy, the overall look of the presentation--with its conehead up-dos, ultra-modern shoes (designed by Raphael Young), and precise choreography--was out-of-this-world futuristic. Regardless of staging, though, Mr. Tell's clothes are beautifully animated. Elaborate and flowing knit tunic dresses and tops were paired perfectly with stretch leather leggings. The designer also adds minimal, draped tiered cocktail dresses and tailored leather blazers to complete a collection of throughly wearable pieces.