Our favorite collections of Fall 2011, arranged in alphabetical order. Did your pick make the cut?
Beauty looks at Fashion Week should complement a designer’s vision and help cement an image and theme in your mind when you view a collection. We saw some spectacular looks in New York, and the next two cities didn’t disappoint either.
While New York Fashion Week feels like a marathon, London and Milan are more like whirlwind sprints. In case it went by too quickly for you, stop here and breathe for a second, before we head to Paris.
Click through for the best and most interesting beauty looks from London and Milan.
MILAN–As much as former Fashionista editor Britt Aboutaleb wants the velvet trend to die, I want the pinstripe trend to succeed.
It was all very ’80s, and for a girl like me who loves power suiting, it was good. From the bow collars to the slicked back hair, it’s obvious that Giornetti’s woman is sentimental for Armani and could do without the current minimalist trend.
MILAN–Young designers often find it difficult to balance two separate collections. Unlike the Karl Lagerfelds of the world, these emerging talents–Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Jason Wu come to mind–don’t typically have massive teams to help them complete their workload. Sometimes, their talent allows them to overcome the challenge. Sometimes, it doesn’t.
For Christopher Kane, who designs both his namesake collection and Versace’s Versus, this hasn’t been a problem.
MILAN–I couldn’t help humming Boy George’s “Karma Chameleon” as I walked out of the Dolce & Gabbana show this afternoon. Playing up the late ’80s vibe they put out at the D&G show, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce created a collection of old school contrasts: skinny girls (Arizona Muse, Abbey Lee) dressed up like boys in tuxedos and brogues; curvy girls (Isabeli Fontana, Candice Swanepoel) dressed up like starlets, literally covered in stars. It was fun, pretty, and, most of all, wearable beneath the bells and whistles.
What EIC tried to make nice with a star backstage at Milan Fashion Week? S/he really irked this performer last year with a negative cover story.
MILAN–Consuelo Castiglioni designs wearable clothes for a woman who likes things a bit off kilter. If there’s a plaid, it’s hand-drawn. Earrings? Oversize buttons. Fur? Pink and green, please.
This season, Castiglioni brought quite a ladylike element to her wares, using fur gloves, peter pan collars, and a few of those molded, mid-century couture shapes that we’ve seen so often this season. Her shoes–mostly platform Mary Janes–looked fresh yet familiar. And that’s what makes Marni so special. Castiglioni’s pieces are so retro yet so quirky that they don’t really ever date.