Heading To Greece This Summer? Pack Retrofête’s Greek Goddess-Inspired Collection
For his latest Retrofête collection designer Ohad Seroya was inspired by Ancient Greece, re-imagining today’s woman as modern Greek goddesses. The collection is filled with gleaming materials, feminine silhouettes and sexy cutouts. If you’re heading to Greece this summer (or any other beachy yet dressy location) and want to steal the show, definitely check out the collection which is released this upcoming June 15.
We spoke to the Seroya about the different looks in the collection and his favorite things to do in Greece when he visits.
How did the mythology of ancient Greece and Grecian art inspire your collection?
Ohad Seroya: For Pre-Fall 2022 I was inspired by the mythology and classic beauty of Ancient Greece. Paying homage to the goddesses past and present, each piece in the Retrofête collection exudes the emotion and sensuality of the female form. Like the regal muses of the collection, styles embody the power of the Retrofête woman. The draped silhouettes, sheer fabrications, and ornate embellishments serve as the ultimate ode to gilded Grecian style.
What are some of the key fabrics and silhouettes featured in the collection?
We put an emphasis on sensual fabrics, shimmering embellishments, and femininity for Pre-Fall 2022. With a focus on Grecian art and mosaic tiling, designs are adorned with geometric beading, rope accents, and light-catching plexiglass paneling. Our silk gowns elegantly flow in diverse shades of champagne, caramel, and black — celebrating the goddess within us all. Wispy feathers are reminiscent of the mystical creatures of Greek mythology, while corset bodices and cut out details modernize the royal collection.
Who is the Retrofête woman and where is she wearing your designs?
She automatically commands attention wherever she goes. She is the Aphrodite of the beach and the Medusa of the night. She is the trendsetter, and can be found showing off her latest Retrofête looks at the most exclusive social clubs around the world. She is effortlessly glamorous, naturally beautiful, and embodies our life-of-the party aesthetic.
Which pieces do you think embody the Grecian goddess look the most?
The Norma Dress embodies Grecian royalty in all its glory. The micro-mini is encrusted with gold and bronze beaded detailing and crystal embellishments. Hand-sewn in a geometric pattern and accented by cut outs at the waist, this dress is sure to bring the party.
Instantly transport yourself to the Golden Age in our Asimi Skirt and Zeke Bra. The two-piece champagne set is cut in a slinky silk fabrication and elegantly drapes the body, for a standout look that achieves Grecian goddess status.
The Fletcher Dress brings the drama on your most majestic evenings. Melding sophistication with sensuality, the maxi gown features intricate twist and cut out detailing. Paired with a martini, she is the eye-catcher of the room.
You also love to travel to Greece, where do you like to stay when you’re there and what do you like to experience?
Cavo Tagoo is one of my favorite hotels to stay in when I travel to Mykonos. Waking up there every morning was a dream. My husband and I couldn’t help but to admire the breathtaking cliffside views and aqua blue sea. But the most fun I ever had was dancing from sunset to sunrise at Alemagou and Scorpios. I always spot Retrofête when I’m there—you can really see the infectious energy shine through when someone is wearing our designs! It’s truly so rewarding to see the pieces in action, it inspires me to push the boundaries every day.
What’s your favorite Greece memory?
Whenever I travel, I try to immerse myself into the country’s culture as much as I can. When I go to Greece, my husband and I always rent a boat. We love island hopping with our friends! For partying, we always hit Mykonos, but for the views, you have to check out Santorini—the whitewashed buildings and blue rooftops are iconic. Paros and Naxos are perfect for working on your tan at the white sandy beaches. I also love exploring the local markets and getting inspiration from the native textiles and architecture. Although, no matter what island you find yourself on, nothing can beat dining seaside and watching the sun set over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea—the colors are to die for!