Flash Fashion: Pretty and Youthful at Collette Dinnigan

Youthful purity seemed to be the running theme of Collette Dinnigan’s spring/summer 2011 collection. Skewing just this side of tween-set territory, Dinnigan presented a lineup of girlish frocks and cute silhouettes in spring-appropriate cottons and lace. Not only did her collection recall the carefree days of girlhood summers, but her collection also provided that bit of sartorial nonchalance so often coveted for warm weather wardrobes.

Eyelet dresses and hushed tones inundated the designer’s runway, epitomizing the theme of sprightly innocence. Daisy-print bloomers and lace skirts were interspersed with high-waisted sailor shorts and sheer button-down blouses. A few splashes of yellows and reds contrasted the abundance of virginal whites, while bits of black and navy brought an unexpected –-and very slight –- “cool” factor to the show. And while Dinnigan’s young muse seemed to be spending most of her time lolling by the sea or frolicking in the French countryside, an array of glittering dresses ensured a bit of glam necessary for those city soirées.

While nothing extremely groundbreaking was presented this season, Dinnigan gave the fashion world yet another reliable collection. Full of pretty pieces and playful silhouettes, the designer’s lineup provides just the right amount of energy to contrast the current focus on stringent minimalism, lest we begin to take ourselves too seriously


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