But we nearly forgot about our budding love affair with electric hues this week when visiting Club Monaco's showroom to take a look at their fall 2 collection (October-December 2011). Plum, blueberry, neutrals, and rust made up the brand's understated palette of choice for their 1970s "rock and roll glam and the Hollywood heyday" inspired collection.
Let's just say Kate Hudson's Almost Famous character, Penny Lane, would die to own every piece in the line, and so would we. Faux fur vests in an array of colors and lengths and pleated skirts are among the collection's most ubiquitous pieces. Prints are an important part of the collection, too. The florals, animal print, and stripes are all intended to be mixed and then paired with something dramatic like a Mongolian lamb vest, for a carefree look.
While the collection--including velvet tops and sequined skirts--is feminine, the garments are tarnished or worn just enough to give it some of that "gypsy feel of the ultimate vagabond lifestyle," as Club Monaco describes it.
The brand kept accessories simple--vintage looking silver and gold chain necklaces, feather pendants, and chokers that accent, rather than distract from, an outfit.
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