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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.
Is it completely wrong that we’re still completely flabbergasted by Sarah Burton‘s spring collection for Alexander McQueen? It was lighter than Lee McQueen‘s collections, but the clothes (and the designers) still shared the same commitment to high drama, unusual materials and futuristic shapes. As we wrote earlier in the week, Burton did good. Real good. And now, instead of scrolling through our favorite looks from the show, you can watch full video
We’ve never found the jokes about how models don’t eat all that funny, but we never thought we’d see the day when they’d eat the clothes right off their backs.
The Wall Street Journal said there were “apparent fit problems.” The New York Times complained there were too many feathers. Women’s Wear Daily wrote that the models looked like showgirls. For Style.com, there were too many things going on. No matter where you looked, nearly every critic in the fashion industry had a problem with the spring collection Zac Posen presented in Paris yesterday.
Roberto Cavalli has been designing clothes for decades, but his sheer, shiny, fringed 40th anniversary collection shows not one sign of age — an uninformed admirer of the clothes would be easily forgiven for thinking that they were the work of a much younger man. Also, you’ll never guess what he paid just one of the models.
When you think about it, Henry Holland‘s approach to fashion is a little like the way Jeff Koons approaches art: make things that pay homage to mass production that are sometimes so bad or so kitschy, they’re actually really, really good.
It would feel a little superficial to laud a collection of staple pieces for something other than being entirely necessary in your wardrobe. But if you get them from Twenty8Twelve, the ultra cool line from sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller, maybe — just maybe — it’s OK to brag about who designed them. (If they can get Matthew Williamson to sit next to Jude Law in their front row to look at a bunch of cotton basics, they must be some kind of good.)
Asking whether Vivienne Westwood can do any wrong would be a little redundant — the answer is generally going to be no. For her spring summer 2011 collection, Westwood presented a strong set of well made staples, with a few grand flourishes thrown in for good measure.
It’s official: The 70s trend seen during New York Fashion Week has crossed the pond and landed at London Fashion Week. Topshop Unique‘s runway presentation spring 2011 featured afros, bell bottoms, fringe, platform heels, and no shortage of celebs.
Tara Subkoff‘s collection for Imitation was more statement than runway show, but her rough-edged ladylike clothes will doubtless have widespread commercial appeal.
Sophie Theallet started her last spring runway presentation off with a bang — and a full-length gown. So we were expecting something spectacular at the start of her spring 2011 show, held in The Box at Lincoln Center. What we got was two little white dresses.
Allow us to be blunt: Kate and Laura Mulleavy are great designers, but frequently we find their collections to be so good they’re intimidating and even look hard to wear. Their Rodarte collection for spring 2011 is proves they can do commercial clothes just as well as they can do what could pass for couture.
Peter Som has been showing a mix bold patterns and bright color for the last three seasons, so it’s comes as no surprise that now the practice is experiencing a moment, Som still does it best. His collection for Spring Summer 2011 is a very girly, very short and very colorful answer to the muted minimalism we’ve seen from Richard Chai, Rachel Comey and BCBG.