Glamourous Nomads of Fall 2011
Fall 2011 saw lots of designers creating collection which had a nod to nomadic tribes. With the use of natural prints, oversized proportion, earthy and organic colours, tons of fringe and a slight DIY element, its a trend which is always great to see whenever it comes around. Lots more comfort with less restricted silhouettes and shapes. However, obviously there has to be some of element of ‘glam’ thrown into there for good measure, and this usually cam in the form of gold, chunky knitwear and lots of thick wool. mmm
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Roberto Cavalli, Isabel Marant and Hermes.
Prada Fall 2011
If i had to describe what Prada Fall 2011 meant to me in one word, it would have to be ‘dolls’. From the soft, porcelain walk, to the demure and innocence of the garments. Miuccia played with the concept of using very glamourous elements such as snakeskin, furs and sequins, but stripping them back to create a collection which was very youthful and angelic. There was definately an ode to 60’s fashion and ‘air hostess’ uniform. Miuccia managed to tame down these very glamourous elements by using a soft colour palette of natural and blushy tones, using sheer panels but in a way that was more appropriate than sexy, and the use of lustrous fabrics which radiated light; which was also extremely angelic.
I particularly found the shoes interesting- boots which looked like Mary Janes with knee high socks. Again, this very tender and fresh combination added to the ‘girlyness’ and childlike essence of the collection.
I really loved this collection, i think the development and story behind the collection is something really interesting and it worked like a treat!
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Sigrid Agren is the face of AllSaints Fall Winter 2011 Winter campaign. This combination of Brand and model is certainly and unexpected one; Sigrid has such a soft, baby like face, and AllSaints is known for its gothic, dark and edgy garments. However, i think Sigrid manages to work wonders in this campaign, she makes the garments look very sophisticated, yet still manages to show that fresh and youthful image well that the brand has. She looks amazing, and is one of the few models which i have loved every single campaign she has ever done.
Mermaids at Fall 2011
Two tone cut outs, seductive fabrics, liquid waves and oversized plastic sequins all managed to create garments which were reminiscent of mermaids.
Prada’s use of rounded plastic panels all joined together looked like the scales of the mermaid. Christopher Kane used jewel tone liquid in see-through plastic pouches- cut into the shape of waves to create a very sensual mermaid.
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Top Row - All Prada Fall 2011
Bottom Row - All Christopher Kane Fall 2011
TREND ALERT FALL 2011 - MENSWEAR INFLUENCES
For many seasons now we have seen a great rise in designers looking to menswear for their womenswear collections. From tailored trousers, boxy blazers and oversized knits. However, they are still able to create a line between menswear and androgynous.
The use of nudes and blushy tones. Low cut blazers with nothing underneath manages to keep the look very feminine. Mixing soft textures such as fur and cashmere. manipulating fabrics to create drapes and pleats. And also the experimentation of colour - this one in particular is key for keeping you girls….still looking like girls.
Saying that, i am a HUGE fan of monochrome, so some of the garments at Balmain and Stella McCartney were very stripped back and kept basic, with black and white being present throughout and still some very well fitted pieces.
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Row 1: L-R , Balmain, Stella McCartney, Stella McCartney
Row 2: L-R , Paul Smith, Paul Smith, Acne
Erdem Fall 2011
I have made it no secret that Erdem Fall 2011 was my favourite show of the whole season, and i bet you are sick of hearing it from me, but its only right if i do a review of the collection isn’t it!
This collection saw Moralioglu go in a completely different direction from previous collections. We are used to seeing very angelic and heavenly florals from the man, but for this season, he turned it on its head and instead created arty florals which were very dark and sinister. One this which really stood out to me was his experimentation and deconstruction of components, and then attatching them to the garments in a very soft, subtle way which are were very visable as the models walked down the runway.
For example, the way that Moralioglu used blue tweed which was shreaded apart and then appliqued back on in a cascading manner was extremely interesting, it added a whole new depth and great textural qualities.
Also, i really liked the range of fabrics that he used, the lustrous appearence of silk and satin, the two tone effect that is achieved with velvet and the matte of the cotton. The prints all looked completely different on all of the fabrics.
I absolutely loved this collection and i am so so so excited to see what delights he creats for Spring Summer 2012!
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Azzastumbldrambles Top Winter Warmers - Zara Edition
Every season i always look forwards to what Zara are going to bring out because they have never dissapointed me. Now, there is not many high street stores, if any, that i can say that about.
Here a 6 of my Winter must haves. I have chose a range of coats, more minimal, sleek styles inspired by the likes of Celine and Calvin Klein. Menswear influenced coat which are reminiscent of Stella McCartney, Burberry and Balmain Menswear. Shearling like Fendi. There are also some great Palazzo trousers and chunky knits with textures and neutral colours. Zara have started to get their Fall 11 range in now, and i can not wait to see what else they have to show for the season.
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TREND ALERT - FALL 2011: ABSTRACT PRINTS
Prints are always a major trend every season, but there has been great emphasis on them for the fall 2011 season. Abstract prints which have been continuously edited, whether it be on computer or by hand, are going to be a must have for the fall. It is a very artsy way to get on trend and i must say that my personal favourite has got to be the feline prints at Givenchy, Navajo prints at Proenza Schouler and the dark, eerie florals at Erdem.
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Row 1 L - R: Celine, Givenchy, Givenchy
Row 2 L - R: Stella McCartney, Stella McCartney, Peter Pilotto
Givenchy Fall 2011
Givenchy is fast becoming one of my most awaited shows every season. Ever since i saw those gothic gowns at Spring 2007 Couture, i knew it would continue to be a hit with me. Oh my goodness, words can not describe my love for the Fall 2011 for Givenchy by Tisci. It put a smile on my face when i saw it, there were humuorous elements combined with the signature darkness of any Givenchy collection. Riccardo Tisci definately was paying homage to the 1950’s, with traditional rounded cat eye glasses and pencil skirt. These elements combined with the feline and jungle prints and sexy sheer panels make me come to the conclusion of “50’s housewife on the prowl”…would you agree?
Something that really stood out to me in this collection was the beautiful colour palette, mixing dark and muted tones with the saturated yellows, greens and purples, it was extremely playful. My words really can not do this collection enough justice, if i could…i would buy the whole collection to just sit and stare at it in amazement.
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All Givenchy Fall 2011
Proenza Schouler Fall 2011 Campaign
Proenza Schouler is another campaign which i have been eagerly awaiting, and is also one of the New York designers which i can not wait to see every season. along with Alexander Wang and Rodarte.
This campaign see’s Zuzanna Bijoch stood against bright block colours, wearing ethnic and navajo pixelated prints with sharp cuts and hints of metallic. I really like this boldness of this campaign, and how computerised it all looks. Plus Zuzanna looks immense!