the gilded age, in referencing a period of time in american history, was a time deep rooted in industrialization & modernization thorugh rapid economic growth. the FW11 gilded age womenswear & menswear collections were revealed yesterday, in a presentation style show in new york city. the collections by gilded age expectedly contain some form of grit- it’s hard edged, rugged & tough style. as a direction i’ve come to expect from them; this season, those elements of strength were greatly represented. one aspect of this collection i enjoyed most was the styling; the pieces themselves aren’t particularly groundbreaking but the styling of each look is what allows the collection to set itself apart. notes of american heritage representing our style history, stateside, were seen as use of plaid & denim were seen. wool coats were topped with colored buttons complete with thoughtful details & even with the women’s pieces, i felt a strong sense of style coming through. vests, cloth belts, boots & mega-stylish knitwear really enhanced the style factor for what was seen in this collection. distressed denim gave the set a greater old american feel & still, the construction of the coats & how each look was created didn’t feel void of progression or fashion forward sensibility. im very inspired & pleased with this collection this season; in many ways i feel proud to be an american while viewing this collection. my favorite collection of the season, thus far.