299 posts tagged S/S 2011 in ALL BLOGS


Cerruti -

SUPERLATIVE SOPHOMORE EFFORT Paris: The second time was a charm for Richard Nicoll and Cerruti. The London designer was recently tapped to revitalize the label, and in his sophomore effort, Nicoll mixed ethereal sheers and structured garments for a hauntingly beautiful collection. Chiffon pants and light-as-air separates were juxtaposed with firm, tailored pieces that clung tightly to the body. A geometric ...
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Miu Miu -

STAR POWER Paris: With a soundtrack that switched between electronic music, clips of women talking about movie stars and bits of the theme song from American Idol, Miuccia Prada seemed to be commenting on today’s celeb-obsessed, attention-span-deprived culture. "I was thinking about everybody's obsession with being famous," she said after the show. The eye-popping neons, shiny metallics and pieced leathers seem ...
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Paul & Joe -

WARM REGARDS Paris: It’s hard to imagine from the fresh, youthful looks at Paul & Joe that the French line has been around for 15 years now, but designer Sophie Albou is an expert at mixing chic Parisian polish with effortless California cool. With an undeniably upbeat attitude that countered the ladylike and minimalist tendencies this season, it became clear that ...
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Hermès -

ELEGANT EQUESTRIANS Paris: For this, Jean Paul Gaultier’s final collection for Hermès, he used his characteristic theatricality to create a memorable show, opening the presentation with a dressage performance featuring real horses. Unsurprisingly, given the show's opening and the house’s horsey heritage, the clothes were equestrian-influenced, but with a seductive edge. Skin-tight jodhpurs were made from slick leather, harnesses that looked ...
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The Row -

TRANQUIL REFINEMENT Paris: Unlike most celebrity-designed lines, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's collection, The Row, contains garments that one could see the designers actually wearing themselves. They describe their customer as "an educated woman who understands fit," and the Olsens truly seem to respect and relate to who they design for. It makes sense then, that the clothes that they make for ...
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Sacai -

UPDATED BASICS Paris: Chitose Abe’s Sacai label has been quietly gaining attention in her native Japan over the past few years and finally made its first showing at Paris Fashion Week a year ago. Since then, the label has been picked up by retailers like Kirna Zabete in New York and Colette in Paris and is acquiring a steadily growing following ...
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Junko Shimada -

POP NAUTICAL Paris: Junko Shimada has been working in Paris for decades, but although her collections often display a French sophistication, they retain their Japanese sense of humor. For S/S 11, Shimada expressed this playfulness through oversize patterns and simple silhouettes, incorporating blown up polka dots, anchor repeats and stripes made of trompe l'oeil rope. Jarring colors kept these ideas from ...
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Moncler Gamme Rouge -

TECHNO COQUETTE Paris: To put it mildly, the Montcler Gamme Rouge show was a spectacle. The mood was set by smoke and wind machines, strobe lights, and a flock of modern dancers assembling in formations around the models. Giambattista Valli, the label's current creative director, sent out femme-futuristic looks that crossed girly silhouettes with tech-y materials. Being that Montcler centers around ...
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Louis Vuitton -

EXOTIC ESCAPE Paris: Marc Jacobs isn’t one to make incremental variations on a theme over the course of seasons; each show is an entirely new experience, making his followers sit on the edge of their seats to see what he will come up with next. In stark contrast to the buxom 1950s-inspired looks of last season, Jacobs conjured a Marchesa Casati-like ...
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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac -

GLOBAL INITIATIVE  Paris: Over the years, iconic French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has created a world in which anything goes. This season the clothes are, and always have been for that matter, pop art to the extreme. Castelbajac has used legos, stuffed animals, images of President Obama, and cartoon muppets, so its not surprising that this season represented a fantastical and ...
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Kenzo -

A JAPANESE IN SARDINIA Paris: This season, designer Antonio Marras celebrated Kenzo's 40th year with a collection entitled "A Japanese in Sardina" that combined elements from the past and present, East and West. Although with roots in different cultural spheres, Kenzo Takada and Antonio Marras have similar design sensibilities, as both capture a dreamy nostalgia that speaks of the simplicity of ...
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Thierry Colson -

PREPPY PEASANT Paris: Though Thierry Colson's line is still "up-and-coming," the designer is no rookie to the industry. A former fashion editor and an established stylist, Colson has worked with magazines like Vogue Hommes and Numero, as well as fashion houses like Hermes and Chloe. For S/S 11, Colson designed a collection that crossed French classicism with bohemian romanticism. Separates cut ...
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Valentino -

SWEETNESS WITH AN EDGE Paris: When Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli first began designing for the house of Valentino, they dramatically updated the time-honored label’s look, often to the chagrin of Valentino Garavani and many of his older, loyal customers. But the new look attracted a chic, young set of followers including scenesters like Chloë Sevigny. The designers’ restless ...
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Alexander McQueen -

NEW BEGINNING Paris: Although every designer deals with enormous pressure during runway season, Sarah Burton arguably faced the most this time, designing her first major collection for the Alexander McQueen label since its creator and namesake passed away in February. Having worked by McQueen’s side for 15 years, Burton was the natural choice to take over the role of designer, and ...
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Chanel -

GRAND GESTURE Paris: Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t do small, and this season’s Chanel show explored the grandiosity one has come to expect from the designer. The venue – the Grand Palais, which has been used for most of Chanel’s recent shows – is in itself a spectacle of Beaux-Arts architecture, but Lagerfeld brought in an 80-piece orchestra to add to the over-the-top ...
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