Our main idea was best exemplified by the most grandiose look of the bunch: a slim-fit dress featuring fringed silk organza flange at the side, a corset bodice with hand-knotted ribbon detailing, and crystal and pearl embellishments on the backline. If princess were to have had a happily-ever-after ending to her story, this would have been the dress she’d have worn. Of course, Old World interpretations were given modern updates through exaggerated draped sleeves, fluid off-the-shoulder treatments, and imaginative front slits. “There’s a certain formality and a certain grandeur,” Biljana offered. “But hopefully—hopefully in a new way. Deconstructed but still constructed.”
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"Biljana Tipsarević is one of the most sought after Serbian fashion designers. She came into the spotlight of the fashion world at the 32nd Belgrade Fashion Week in 2012. "
Her first women’s fashion collection dubbed Zeitgeist was a part of the graduate fashion show of the Italian Istituto di moda Accademia Del Lusso, Belgrade. Ms Tipsarević was born in 1983 in Novi Sad. She graduated from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad and later obtained a master’s degree in the field of industrial engineering and management.
Although famous for her stylish, gorgeous and seductive evening dresses, Biljana Tipsarević has not ceased to surprise us with her first, ready-to-wear collection, appropriately titled Unexpected and shown in March 2015. The collection consists of authentic fashion pieces, striking in aesthetics, style and a most superior fit, as well as superb cuts and quality.
It’s amazing to have another person’s creative energy to bounce off, and it’s something I was certainly looking for working by myself.
Cinematic dream, filled with tulle, lace, and organza-in her studio Biljana brought a moodier touch with diaphanous dresses punctuated with pearl and floral embroidery
“I wanted to offer my clients a seductive royalty viewpoint,” said Biljana of her Contessa collection.
The designer also said the 24 looks were her new take on romanticism: “
I felt unhappy by what is typically thought of romantic.” Instead, she offered up a new concept focused on sleeves and asymmetry.
This rethink was most successful on a daring, body-skimming crepe dress, which featured exaggerated draped ruffles on both sides, a tulle whisper of sleeves on the other, and an oversize silk part on the shoulders.
“It’s not simply about the components of a dress that are traditionally woman-related, like lace and chiffon and all these other materials,” Biljana said.
“It’s a total exploration of viewing an evening gown in another context, but still being relatable to modern, young women.”
Special day purists will fawn over the designer’s signature ivory lace offerings, like the sleeveless, plunging V-neck gown with scallop detailing and a more demure long-sleeved version. But it’s when Biljana has pushed the envelope of conventional evening wear that she reminds us why she’s been the reigning designer for years. “I’m trying to push women in a different direction,” she said. The most avant-garde will appreciate the cutaway dress with three-quarter sleeves embellished with sheared-tulle flowers, pearls, and a tuxedo cape, which looked like something Cate Blanchett might wear on an upcoming red carpet.
Biljana’s hope is that by presenting a new, global perspective on gowns, the tides will shift away from sweetheart necklines and mermaid hems. “There are many flowers in this room,” she said, “and there are different essentials. But in the end, in every single context, we’ve pushed that vocabulary further.” Of course, she included some perennial favorites, too—among them a long-sleeve, V-neck, floor-length style dotted with embellishments—but it was the opulent styles that stood above the rest. Biljana’s take on boudoir dressing yielded an ivory ball gown whose bustier top gave way to a hand-appliquéd lace peplum skirt, while a princess dress was reimagined in frothy layers of tulle with floral palettes.