the pre-fall narcisco rodriguez presented for 2011 was a let down for me. the balance of contrast, in terms of palette, was not well focused in my opinion. last spring, rodriguez presented a simplified collection with more of an understatement than his fall set for 2010; here we see him try to venture into greater depth of minimalism. while i much more favor minimalism, personally, i do feel that there is a thin line between minimal & boring. here the contrast of pale pink comes off as drab against the black pieces in the collection. i was looking for more strength & more of a wow factor, which is not what i felt for this collection. as yet, we still have the upcoming FW11 season coming in february in new york. i’ll safely assume this is a low level performance due to lack of seriousness for the recent rise of the fashion pre-season. great coats- could’ve been better.