PARIS, Jun 18, 2013/ — With the Basil Soda Fall/Winter 2013-2014 prêt-a-porter collection entitled “Selenium”, it was surprising that the press notes started with the sentence, “the luster of solid metal”. As those familiar with the Periodic Table knows that Selenium is a non-metal.
Reading on, the press notes also said, “Power within its formation… a sudden change proves its versatility, altering the construction of its natural state.”
Again, chemists immediately understood this comment as a description of the element Selenium. Identified as #34 in the Periodic Table, Selenium rarely occurs in its natural state but mostly found impurely in metal sulfide ores.
Translating these in fashion terms, Basil Soda’s Selenium Collection is a declination of his haute couture collection. Again, quoting the press notes – “A sudden change proves its versatility, altering the construction of its natural state, resulting in complete transformation.”
You can trust the workmanship, you can identify the silhouette, but it is not the same, it has evolved. And like Selenium which can be found in an impure state in metallic ores, it has its own characteristics and strength.