Tag: pre-season


LONDON – under the creative directi0n of alistair carr, influences of his balenciaga design background are evident. previous to his work as design director at pringle of scotland, carr assisted nicholas ghesquière for 4 years at balenciaga. seen through use of silhouette, choice in textile & use of color; the collection is definitely a modern twist for the scottish label. in contrast to collections of the past from pringle of scotland, i find it completely refreshing that this sense of new is being seen as the label itself has been in existence since 1815. a brand better known for their knitwear, the collection seen here capitalized on innovative re-workings of classical fall looks. in palette, there was a good balance of essential fall tones while a few surprises in design. commendably the collection managed to balance of number of aspects that kept things young yet classic.

one aspect of design that i admire of designers is their approach in designing for certain ages. within this collection, an incredibly wide range of consumers will definitely be drawn in. here exists sophistication for the young & modern freshness for the more mature. with more established labels, there is a certain degree of style that needs to be protected; for a label as widely developed as pringle of scotland, i believe that this motion to boss up as a modern label will allow them even greater advantages as a competitor in the high end market. by opting to take someone who has the design skill from a house like balenciaga- that move in itself is proof that some form of modernization is not only expected, but needed. those modern elements were seen, etched into every single aspect of the collection when looking both closely & at a distance. i loved the attention to silhouette; the wide range of anatomical shapes that were seen & almost outlined the body- so as to not disrupt personal style, rather enhance it. so sick. when posting a couple of my favorite looks from the collection, one spectator gushed about the collection footwear. i thought that element to be very calculated & smart- considering that pringle of scotland is still, somewhat, of a rookie having only begun producing luxury accessories since 2007. after the resignation of pringle’s previous director, claire wright keller, whom is now at the helm creative director at chloé; i had my reservations about the direction that the label would take. considering how i’d grown fond of keller’s design direction & it’s classical appeal; i am even more enthusiastic about this new, revitalized style sensibility from carr.

the collection has it’s share of structure but provides beautiful details & design notes that are hidden throughout. in an unexpected feat, the collection goes from architectural dresses to complex knitwear, perfectly. with the wide array of elements that are developed in this set, it’s all thoughtfully combined & meticulously executed. i loved the side-button cardigan number a lot; admiring the fact that even some of the most classic pieces weren’t left untouched; without remix. the palette was never dull as deep marooned tones were matched to mustard yellows & golden honey browns. beautiful navy was contrasted with crisp drops of teal, while red & orange led us to speckles of print. that print seemed to ignite at the close of the collection, which seen more contrasts of orange eruppted in a set of volcanic printed looks. as the third collection to be produced under the direction of alistair, i am eagerly anticipating next seasons collection & applaud this as a pre-season effort. will be keeping an eye out on reports of revenue increase onward through the new year as well. strong collection & well developed aspects of modernization to a classic brand. [source]

collection images: giambattista valli, pre-fall

a juggernaut of a collection was presented for the pre-fall 2011 pre-season by the house of giambattista valli. sophisticated style was seen in a wide range collection of 56 looks including gowns in satin, structured coats & use of sheer textiles. use of leopard is seen minimally in the collection & the pre-fall 2011 succeeds in it’s mission to provide an extension of fall style beyond what will be presented for fall show season. refined by design, the collection is undeniably stylish & not much negative commentary can be cast against it. kept timeless through use of a black, white, navy & red; the collection is beautifully executed.

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collection images: tory burch, pre-fall

relaxed & seemingly california inspired, the tory burch pre-fall set presents the expectedly charming side of womenswear designer tory burch. delicate details were matched to intricate, almost western, prints. casual & unendingly stylish, the collection is one that is able to be well recieved by a broad scope of female consumers. with an intense attention to accessories, an aspect the burch brand has become popularized for, i really like that feel of easy going fashion; you put it on, it feels good- it’s effortless. i admire the development of the burch label, it has really come into it’s own as a major playing in fashion. a wide ranged collection with a bohemian flare. a great collection with solid direction & stylish execution.

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collection images: haider ackermann, resort

an intimate debut collection was presented by haider ackermann for the resort 2011 pre-season. a combination of menswear & womenswear was presented in silk & expensive details were capitalized. opulence shined through even the most minor details within the collection. though only a few pieces were shown; each look was interesting & very thoughtful. overall, i am very intrigued to see what the ackermann label will present. looking forward to seeing many more collections after this artistic show of design. a solid effort & brave new entrance into the realm of fashion collections. amazingly chic attention to detail.

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collection images: proenza schouler, resort

again tapping into academic youth for their designs, the proenza schouler label creates a really thoughtful resort collection for 2011. while the collection enters with a pop & flash- the collection concepts use print & palette very well. black & navy is threaded all throughout the collection from start to finish with designs that appear as a cross between retro-modern & vintage-glam. the schouler label has really created a solid signature in high end fashion; from their bags to their collection garments- its cohesion, full force- beginning to end. the collection comes out punching with color & ends with a neutral base, but still contains enough depth to hold your interest. grooming is kept simple & low key as casual ponytails are used to remove folicule distraction from what we came to see- the clothes. love the collection, super chic & hella cute.

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collection images: vena cava, resort

the vena cava resort collection for the 2011 pre-season is youthful & fresh. the collection represents cohesion & an alluring color palette; we see deep purple contrasted with classic & crisp whites. while the start of the collection drew me in, i found that the collection became more minimal as it drew to a close. a few shots of red managed to surface, as well as slight cameos of prints; mesh tops & a bit of slouch were also large aspects of the collection in design. a strong set for the trendy.

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