Iolanda is designed in tribute to the resilient woman behind the façade of singer-actress Dalida, who juggled the outward image of a superstar with the concealed reality of her unbearable loneliness and anguish. Iolanda led a seemingly fortunate life, but beneath this beautiful existence brewed distress and torment, induced by several failed relationships and a number of heartbreaking suicides within her close circle. Iolanda herself, agonized by solitude and sorrow, also succumbed to suicide.
The collection deals with the duality of Iolanda’s life by bringing together elements of disparity and creating unexpected contrasts. It incorporates the brand’s signature volume constructions but with a softer edge and more unrestricted flow.
Half of the collection’s color palette is formed of turquoise and peacock in high-sheen finishes that reflect Dalida’s radiance, slick image, and association with disco. The other half provides a more muted mix of copper-rose, peach, golden yellow, and salmon pink, the matte finishes of which express the normalcy Iolanda craved. Soft textures sit beside coarse ones, juxtaposing the imagined smoothness of her life with the real roughness she endured. Molding, draping and folding techniques gather excess fabric about the body as if providing solace and a shell to hide within. Stiff and cramped folds reveal the complications and tensions in Iolanda’s life, and asymmetry and raw edges symbolize instability and her coming undone. All the while, the flowing movement of garments upholds the illusion of Dalida’s liberating life.
Photography by: Samer Rawadi