PHOTOS: 6 Biggest Trends From The Pre-Fall Collections
Another season is upon us, and we’re not talking about the season of the perpetual blizzard. Mid-winter marks not only the time of gray skies and frigid temps, but also the launch of the Pre-Fall collections. While this season is often overlooked due to plain exhaustion after the chaos of fashion month and the stress –- we mean joy –- of the holiday season, Pre-Fall 2011 boasts tons of fabulous trends to latch on to for those peculiar in-between months that require less than full-blown winter wear and more than summer silhouettes.
After careful research and consideration –- and by research, we of course mean drooling over a plethora of looks and emailing runway photos to friends who may or may not share our same vested sartorial interest -– we’ve put together a summary of the most prominent trends seen throughout 2011’s Pre-Fall collections.
1.Color, Color, And More Color
After slowly making its way onto runways the last few seasons, color has officially arrived on the fashion stage –- making quite the splash, we must say. From rich golds to punchy pinks, designers lured us in with absolutely irresistible hues for the Pre-Fall months. And if you think color is not your thing, just try passing up the sumptuous turquoises from
, or Diane von Furstenberg Michael Kors’ daring red trousers. Anything goes this season -– from courageous color blocking to incorporating just a hint of bold pigment into otherwise neutral ensembles.
L-R: Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, DVF
From animal, to stripes, to Ikat, the bolder the print the better, this season. Striking patterns were seen on almost every Pre-Fall runway, from
Thakoon to Tory Burch, making evident that the term, shy, should be nowhere near our sartorial vocabulary this year.
L-R: Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton
3.Long and Lean Silhouettes
Out with the oversized and in with the sleek. The models seemed extra tall this season, thanks in part to designers’ affinity for super tailored and wonderfully slenderizing looks.
Burberry had its leggy black suits; Calvin Klein, its column-like silhouettes; and even the usually exaggerated Givenchy looks felt refined and pared down. Although remnants of the peculiarly popular dowdy look seeped into some collections, this season’s overall tone is tempered and cool.
L-R: Burberry, Givenchy, The Row, Calvin Klein
Judging from the plethora of bows and flouncy skirts seen on the runways, it seems designers are recalling the giddy days of girlhoods past for the 2011 Pre-Fall season. While some looks were more mature than others –- i.e. the to-die-for gowns –- there was an overwhelming feel of girlish femininity. From quirky to refined, fashion greats like
Carolina Herrera, Stacey Bendet for Alice + Olivia, Stella McCartney, and Valentino all gravitated toward this surprisingly refreshing trend.
L-R: Tibi, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Carolina Herrera
This trend stands on its own due to its overwhelming -– and surprising –- prominence. Although expected in some collections, leather skirts, jackets and even gowns appeared in lineups with traditionally softer aesthetics.
Ms. Philo tipped her hat to the edgy look via a black leather t-shirt, while Michael Kors incorporated both a knee-length leather trench and an elegant leather-bodiced gown into his lineup. The Olsens’ urbane line, The Row, used the material to construct shorts, leggings, a dress and even a two-piece pant suit. How’s that for spicing up your work wear?
L-R: Michael Kors, Celine, The Row
Fur, color, patterns, collars -– the outerwear this season abounds with bold character and statement-making personality. Interesting shapes, kitschy stripes and even a poncho or two characterize the direction of outerwear trends for Pre- Fall 2011.
L-R: Derek Lam, Sonia Rykiel, Pringle of Scotland, Celine