Tag: strong direction

fall collections, london: erdem

an artistic interpretation of fall prints was seen for the FW11 erdem collection at london fashion week. dark pieces were accented with magenta & blue print that resembled textures of tweed & floral print. the styles presented within the collection were kept simple, given the fact that the imagination was able to become ignited at even a quick glance. i loved the interpretation of floral print particularly & found relativity to paint in what was created. a wide range of styles was seen with slight variations of print used throughout, allowing the collection to sail smoothly between tones while never lacking cohesion. a strong set of beautifully thoughtful pieces is seen here; great direction & strong skill demonstrated in execution. i cannot wait to see this editorially.

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fall menswear collection, new york: antonio azzulo

a refreshing use of color adapted to clean style was seen for the FW11 menswear collection from antonio azzulo. a beautiful palette of white, caramel, washed aqua, cobalt blue & candy paint red were seen in the collection palette as colored mirror tint shades were seen on a few of the models. classic through style & design, wool trousers, striped sweaters, cotton leggings, slim fit denim & luxurious white fur were seen throughout the menswear set. elevating style for men, one look at a time- i loved the brown belted coat/pullover look in the begging & was romanticized by every fit, silhouette & style that was created this season. one of the most refreshing menswear collections of the season with classic appeal & strong direction. very well done.

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menswear collections: thom browne, fall

avant garde american classicalism is an aspect of design i’ve come to closely associate with thom browne. showing for his first season in paris, the thom brown collection was presented through a lavish show that showed models with painted faces settling at a large extended dinner table. over the top use of plaid with use of wool & kilts was seen in the collection which was cohesive from start to finish. as an award winning designer, thom browne is a menswear designer of distinct style & sharp tailoring. the collection is a great added dimension to a men’s style & is classically american. strong direction, distinct style.

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collection images: helmut lang, pre-fall

downtown chic with a bit of minimalist; the helmut lang pre-fall 2011 collection is one of great style & perfected concepts. relaxed silhouettes & softened details were matched to more raw elements like leather & combat boots. a perfect combination of male vs. female with a straight forward style spin. the palette was kept simple with use of a military green/khaki blended tone which was a headlining element of the collection. those tones were well balanced with the collections take on print; which appeared in the form of a stoned rust & grey color. it’s effortless, comprehensive style- flawlessly done. a strong collection with sharp concepts & solid direction. a thrilling representation of new york style from the first look to the last.

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collection images: monique lhuillier, pre-fall

sitting on a stove, recently filled with cold water- the monique lhuillier pre-fall 2011 collection started off on an uninspiring set of casual looks. as the collection progressed the gas fuled fire started to boil the water & just like a tea kettle, the collection soon steamed & wrapped with a whistling finale set of gowns. one element of the lhuillier brand & collection concepts is based on strength found in design drama. i dont expect to see a crisp white blouse- if i wanted that i would refer to stella or phoebe with céline. when i see the collection i want gowns, trains & tulle out the ass. a poetically conceptualized dipped gown tipped the iceberg of creativity for the collection as gown slowly trickled into the pre-fall set. vivid purple designs were seen alongside a majestically printed gown, while an incredibly strong emerald green gown took us to the end; where the collection was topped with a bold shot of blue. a staggered beginning & lacking set of casual wear but by the close of the set all missed elements & low lights were made bright with the formality of feminine charm. like a true champion, a great & powerful finish.

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collection images: donna karan, pre-fall

a collection based in beige earth tones, the donna karan collection was both casual & sophisticated. leather, layers & length were seen throughout the set with a certain air of masculinity. as the show progressed, lines became more fluid, textiles began to shine as designs in satin led the show to a close. i was very impressed by the use of fur in the collection, it was almost a bit barbaric, the way the garments were pieced together. there is a very mindful attention to the styling of each look with this collection & in many ways challenges your perception to look closer at the details to be able to identify the beauty. though not initially thrilled, in reviewing each look carefully; i love the collection. always a strong direction with the house of donna karan, she continues to thrive as a women designing beautiful clothes for beautiful women.

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spring prêt-à-porter: junya watanabe, paris

stripes, colored wigs & faceless models were a few unconventional elements seen from the junya watanabe collection presented in paris this season. the lables japanese design heritage is completely evident in this collections use of silhouette & layering. nautical stripes were matched to quirky prints complete with anchors & sail boats. the collection palette is controlled for the most part, as the prints used in the collection are the only form of color variation from the black, white & navy designs that were produced. overall, the concepts presented are both interesting & complex; though we all love supermodels, covering the faces of models does redirect attention to the core of what matters in fashion- the clothes. strong direction & cohesive vision from start to finish. i would’ve liked to see more design variation & development of more trends of the spring.

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