Di Petsa’s SS24 collection told a visual narrative of the Birth of Venus; an esoteric performance piece that showcased the label’s signature wet-look dresses in a monochromatic colour palette alongside liquid metallics, baby pinks, coral, and soft skin-tones.
Models carried delicate mirrors and flowers down the catwalk in the NEWGEN show space, in barely-there ruched bikinis, hip skimming flares, and dramatic floor-sweeping gowns; mesh garments were studded with Swarovski crystals, followed by sculptural swimwear and dresses draped in slick liquid textures.
Founded in 2019 by Greek designer Dimitra Petsa, the label has become synonymous with their distinctive wet-look dresses that bridge the relationship between fluidity, femininity, and water; appearing simultaneously clothed and unclothed in organic textures to evoke undulating waves and sea moss, artfully unravelled to reveal the exposed skin of a grecian statue carved from marble.
The collection told the story of Venus in an allegorical exploration of self love in all its forms; both tactile and visceral, daring to be touched. Symbols of birth and fertility were referenced throughout the collection; a standout piece was a clay wine jug sculpted to appear as a pregnant belly.
Soft, malleable fabrications were draped, knotted, and twisted into sculptural forms; through the use of strategic lacing, Di Petsa gave us looks with rope-like detailing, both tightly bound and slackened in a white asymmetric mini dress and a long black gown slit to the thigh. Strategic cut outs and intricate lacing both concealed and revealed with every step in an ethereal collection that explored gender fluid femininity.