Tag: FW11

fall collections, new york: gilded age

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.

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fall shwpckg: new york model men, new york

with expected bookings from known faces matthias lauridsen, thiago santos & ty oagunkoya; admittedly, i am not as familiar with the men of new york models as much as other new york based agencies. while i’ve seen images of mark westinghouse floating around the fashion blogosphere, robbie wadge has appeared for bennetton, barney’s & burberry’s golf campaign in the past, charlie france is right there with wadge appearing for burberry through look books & campaigns while sweden’s alexander johansson appeared alongside lara stone for the CK SS11 campaign. lucas mascarini has appeared for lacoste, as well as editorial spots with hercules, italian GQ & german GQ style. while many of the faces fit the bill for high end markets, none are particularly outstanding aside from thiago, ty & mathias. we’ll see who books which shows for the fall season.

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menswear collections: acne, fall

introduced as a denim collection in 1998, the acne empire is a wide ranged lifestyle brand that has developed a presence in a number of creative industries including fashion publication with acne paper; as well as developments in  web, film, art, design & advertising. with the success of acne denim, which stemmed from a special gift idea to family, friends & clients associated with the acne firm in 1997, the brand has consciously decided to conquer the world of  high end fashion. impressively so, acne has presented their FW11 menswear collection on the runways of paris men’s fashion week. as a swedish denim distributor, as a part of the stockholm based company, acne has allowed themselves to really shine in today’s modern fashion age. minimalism was seen through clean design lines & architectural influence that was demonstrated in structure on some of the collections coats. elongated silhouettes & well tailored looks were presented alongside stylized pieces of knitwear that were combined with bursts of color for contrast. as the closing show for men’s FW11 show season, the collection is one of the most impressive this season. judging from the fact that the collection is still very fresh, in development, what is seen completely exceeded my expecations. campaigns usually are not produced to promote the acne collections, they do own however own acne paper, which is a viable opportunity for them to advertise or promote their collections, possibly, through editorial styling. the label, which stands for “ambition to create novel expressions”  is exceptionally developed with great possibilities to become something larger than expected within the this year. a very, very impressive set of design.

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menswear collections: yves saint laurent, fall

as one of the most influential designers of the last twenty years, the house of yves saint laurent is to credit for the masculine transformation of womenswear. as the appointed designer for the house of dior, by christian dior himself, the influence of yves saint laurent as a designer & creative force is one of the most recognizable in fashion & that infuence has been injected into his namesake label since it’s creation in 1962. creatively directed by stefano pilati, the FW11 menswear collection taps into the french heritage of the label while focusing on sharp tailoring & clean design, elements which the YSL label has become known for. a rich palette is seen in the 26 look collection, as bursts of color are seen through the use of yellow, green, purple & blue. i had expected more thought to go into the menswear collection this season & am very disappointed by what was presented. while the designs are not particularly bad, they do not do the historical value of YSL any justice. a successful label is one that can successfully dominate in both worlds of womenswear & menswear with the addition of accessories, fragrance & cosmetics. with numerous reports questioning the vitality of the house under the direction of pilati, i can’t help but wonder what the real issue is in terms of design. hoping to see much greater development in the next season & with the FW11 menswear campaign.

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menswear collections: dior homme, fall

relaxed silhouettes, large brimmed hats & sleek designs with minimalistic style; the dior homme FW11 collection is refined, sophisticated & clean through concept.  hidden buttons on the collections dress shirts as well as more relaxed tailoring allow the collection to break away from styles we’ve seen from dior in season’s past. strategic palette selections of black & grey allow the set to showcase a modernized direction & free flowing structure. the collections coats really elongate the design lines seen within the collection, as the set allowed the menswear silhouette to become more stretched through construction of blazers, scoop necked long sleeved shirts & cardigans. at the back end of the collection two red looks allow the set to close with a bang. designed by kris van assche, the illest aspect of this collection is the coats. a powerful collection of relaxed lines & strong style.

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menswear collections: roberto cavalli, fall

on the runways of milan men’s fashion week, roberto cavalli presented a sophisticated & classically stylish collection for the fall. use of suede, fur & leather appeared in the runway as the direction of the collection gave off a bit of a 70’s vibe. men walked the runway with neck scarves while a backdrop complimented the rich earth tone palette. i love the use of navy in the collection most & was incredibly inspired by the tailoring & different choices in styling. overall, the collection was a cohesive combination of light cavalli signatures that were restrained enough to showcase more classic masculinity. strong direction, great style.

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