Last week I stopped by the Verlaine showroom to preview their stunning Spring 2012 collection. Designed by Christine Dow, the collection focusses on timeless, architectural pieces that fuse feminine and figure flattering pieces with a dark, edgy twist that comes through in the irregular patterns and asymmetrical silhouettes. Inspired in part by the Art Nouveau movement, the references come in the form of fluid lines and draping rather than trite recreations of Art Nouveau motifs or flourishes. Dow designs many of the pieces by first draping the fabric on a mannequin, and deriving the pattern from the natural flow of the fabric. Every pleat and fold is carefully thought out and meticulously crafted, all in a way that compliments the human body.