Our favorite collections of Fall 2011, arranged in alphabetical order. Did your pick make the cut?
LONDON–Last season, the fashion industry was pleased with Marios Schwab’s Halston collection in New York, disappointed by his eponymous showing in London. As Long Nguyen said on Fashionista, “He needs to bring back a bit of fearlessness and risk.”
This season, things were different. While Halston proved a bit flat, London ready-to-wear was on key, featuring a set of dresses and separates that were sexy, cool, and sophisticated: Ideal for his hip London customer, but also good for his wealthy Halston-obsessed lady.
Lulu Kennedy might not be a fashion household name here in the States, but if you’re part of the industry in London, she’s somewhat of a demigoddess. The founder of Fashion East launched the careers of some of the UK’s most beloved designers, from Richard Nicoll to Jonathan Saunders.
Now Kennedy has teamed up with several of those clothiers to create Lulu & Co, a caspule collection that hits stores on Thursday. (Specifically Matchesfashion.com, Harvey Nichols, Colette and Restir Tokyo.)
The launch includes dresses from 10 designers, and we want them all. Click through to pick your favorite.
Forget diamonds–shoes are a girl’s best friend.
The SS11 runways were full of new “best friends” for shoe addicts everywhere. From Alexander McQueen’s and Rodarte’s sculpted wedges to Calvin Klein’s lucite and wood stilettos, there’s something for every girl, even sneakers (from Giles and Yohji Yamamoto, of course)! Trying to pick a favorite may cost you hours, so why not just love them all?
Click through to see the best of the best shoes from the Spring runways!
Fashionista contributor Long Nguyen is the co-founder/style director of Flaunt.
LONDON–From the moment the first model came out onto the wooden floor of the theater wearing a light turquoise silk bustier slip dress, followed by a model in a black stretch corseted silk crepe dress with sheer panels outlining its boning, it was clear that Marios Schwab has returned to the tight body hugging silhouette of his first collections. (The label launched in 2006.)
Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” blasted over the loudspeakers, virtually announcing the fierce rebel spirit of these girls in lingerie dresses dabbed with lacework. Tattoo patterns were printed onto the green and pale pink silks and jerseys.
There was a sense that while these looks were youthful and geared towards a younger generation of women who want sexy clothes, the show lacked the depth of Mr. Schwab’s creative talents.
“I would say this collection is less about body concious shapes and more about fluidity and the drape of cloth on the body to accentuate key areas of interest on the body. Combining the feminine slip dresses with leather pieces which have a tougher, harder edge,” Mr. Schwab said after his show. “The women I had in mind when creating this collection are a generation of women who have multi-faceted personalities shaped by contemporary culture and the different roles she must fulfill in her life. They’re loaded with contradictory ideas and spirits.”
“Designed to bring the mystery of the female body to the surface,” the show’s centerpiece was a variation of the lingerie slip dress whether worn as a top with a slit and torn effect with white print pants or as a corset worn with black leather pants and black leather boots. Remember that Mr.Schwab’s father was an engineer at a bra factory and he had studied sewing in Salzburg when he was young. He added his own design elements to make each simple dresses more individualistic. Witness, for example, a lightly draped long silk dress in green with a cut-out at the center of the chest, or a tan leather dress with black leather upside down triangles below the nipples.