Film Noir Chic

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

AS a couture designer, Dexter Alazas has always loved old fashion and themes of the past.

“I’ve always looked at the classics for inspiration when I design a collection,” he says, looking to fashion greats like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. These clothes are aptly set in the turn-of-the-century ambiance of home turned restaurant, Circa 1900.

For this collection, Dexter was intrigued by the mystery and intrigue in film noir cinema, which is further characterized by its dark themes and intricate plots.


Combining his admiration for classic Hollywood movies and French-inclined ideas, Dexter dresses his two heroines in classic and romantic lace, while the leading man wears a gunmetal gray tuxedo.

“Lace has that diaphanous character of flattering a woman’s curves,” Dexter says. The delicate but luxurious fabric of a nude-colored lace Chantilly dress looks timeless and quietly elegant with long sleeves and a simple silhouette.

An art deco inspired dress in black has a crocheted lace skirt with a long train. A casual top adds a modern twist for a sophisticated combination of classic and new.

“I picture my muses from a scene in a film of love and intrigue, romancing bygone days when fashion started to flourish in Paris,” Dexter says of these dresses.

Like the moody heroes of film noir cinema, the designer dresses this bachelor in a gunmetal gray tuxedo set of a metallic wool blend. A white mandarin collar shirt with fine pleats is paired with a vest and suit jacket with double lapels. The man in this storyline is full of chivalry, with a dandy look that speaks of his high-rolling, society life. Like the Great Gatsby inspiration behind this look, the mysterious hero is vulnerably searching for true love beneath his debonair style.

Much like the old Hollywood movies and film noir cinema that inspired this collection, the clothes carry mystery, drama and romance. These pieces incite the wearer or admirer to dream, and perhaps to even fall in love again.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 18, 2014.


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