The putty palette of Bodkin's fall 2011 collection--a range of browns, tans, grays--felt overly drab at first glance. Luckily, chic silhouettes crafted by designer Eviana Hartman, saved the day. From pleated skirts--the only concession to what's trending on the runways now-- to a peg leg pant and then slouchy, hooded sweaters, the shapes were relaxed and obviously comfortable, as Hartman intended. Best of all, you could instantly see each item becoming a love-worn part of your wardrobe. Additional kudos for the footwear (stacked wedges and tasseled oxfords were amazing) and bold gold cuffs which added an unexpected touch of glam to this comfy-chic collection.
J. Mendel Fall 2011: The Fur Files
Whether you're a PETA sympathizer or collect vintage rabbit jackets by the dozen, you have to admit that designer Gilles Mendel knows his way around a fur coat. And there were plenty of bank-account-busting pieces Mendel's high-end clientele will swoon over this season, with the focus on tribal body art motifs. It’s an unlikely inspiration for Mendel, to be sure, but it came across loud and clear in the mink overcoats carefully shaved into diagonal lines and circular curves so as to mimic aboriginal tattoos. Many of the designer's famous gowns picked up on the tribal vibe as well, with sheer sleeves that bore Maori-looking beadwork. Every look was shown with a super-long silk scarf dripping with embellishment and fringe--very Stevie Nicks chic--and the lovely boots (of Mendel's own design!) made for nice finishing accents.