Narciso Rodriguez's Fall 2011 show was all about new colors and cuts.
Rodriguez's norm--body-con silhouettes and a black and white palette--gave way to looser, 3/4 length garments in a variety of painterly colors. It was a fresh look. A lavender wool tweed jacket and a loosely structured dress that faded from nude to red are sure to be big sellers in stores. Gray plaids were omnipresent, appearing in dress and suit form. Things got weird on the model's feet, where instead of Rodriquez's usually chic-looking heels, one found pointy-toed suede flat boots. The idea matched the relaxed feeling Rodriguez put forth for autumn, but the actual shoes lacked desirability.
Adding another layer of confusion to the production was the music, which featured a voice-over of a woman repeating "Standing Left or Left Standing" and then later recounting a story about her breasts. At least the breasts part got a chuckle from Emmanuelle Alt, who sat front row next to Inez and Vinoodh.
Other than the baffling shoes and music, the collection felt strong and innovative for Rodriguez, likely to be a hit in magazines and stores. **All photos: IMAXTREE