Fall 2011 Page 1
It’s easy to see why fall is a fashion favorite. Warm colors, cozy knits, and bold prints galore, it’s a happy medium between summer’s flimsy dresses and winter’s heavy coats. We’ve gathered nine of this season’s must-haves to keep you stylish on even the most challenging autumn days.
Gap wants to change the way you think about its products — and the people who make them. So this fall, instead of a group of celebrity portraits or commercials that look like very short, very coordinated music videos, its ads are going to take you behind the scenes of its various operations and show real people wearing their very real clothes.
Prada is really cornering the market on creepy shoes this season. Earlier, the New York Post revealed there was a waitlist for their $795 ’70s-inspired creeper shoe, and then less than one day later, Refinery29 discovered an equally hideous knock-off version selling for the not-quite-bargain price of $100. And now ShoeLust has unearthed a side angle view of the trompe l’oeil booties Miuccia walked down the runway of her Fall 2011 collection and, well, they look as though they were designed by Matt Groening.
Dior’s autumn/winter collection walked today in Paris despite the very public firing of its embattled designer John Galliano. While the clothes were beautiful and wearable (if somewhat inexplicably spring-like), most reviews and coverage of the collection called it “sad,” “somber,” and “funereal.” CEO Sidney Toledano’s pre-show speech probably didn’t help things.
Because one designer scandal clearly isn’t enough to sate the fashion industry’s appetite for drama, designer Christophe Decarnin‘s absence at Balmain’s A/W 2011 runway show today has caused no small amount of speculation, including (but not limited to) reports that he has actually been in a mental hospital since mid-January.
This is just your friendly reminder that Nicola Formichetti‘s first women’s collection for Mugler (the brand formerly known as Thierry Mugler) will bow today in Paris. And while we have you here, we may as well let you know that Lady Gaga has also announced that she will make her runway debut as a model in the show. Oh, yes.
Marc Jacobs is such a good designer he can produce clothes that are forthrightly self-referential without anyone batting an eyelash. Jacobs told Style.com before his fall 2011 presentation on Monday that the “new collection was a reaction against the loose, fluid feeling of his Spring outing. ‘I wanted something strict and severe,’ he said.”
Perhaps it was fitting that fashion world titans old and new dotted the front row at Vivienne Tam‘s presentation Saturday afternoon, because the clothes the designer sent down the runway fused Chinese symbolism and modern attitude.
The bar is set pretty high for production value at fashion shows, so when we heard Andrew Buckler was going to shut down an entire block of SoHo to present his fall 2011 collection, we knew we had to go.