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PREFALL 2011: Fur


Models(from left): Ksenia Kahnovich, Tara Gil, Julia Saner, Lisanne de Jong
Labels(from left): Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, J Mendel

So pre-fall is a weird season. I mean it is a working season, this is true so many brands make alot of money off of it, but it’s very peculiar. Why, because the name doesn’t really tell you what it’s for. Spring collections are for Spring, Fall collections are for fall. Resort/Cruise collections are for more tropical locales… like resorts and cruises. Maybe I’m wrong but in the 4 seasons I learned in school there was no pre-fall. Because of this, designers treat the season in different ways, and while some show bikinis, others show heavier pieces… like furs.

Carolina Herrera to me always makes beautiful pieces. That’s really the only way I can describe them, as beautiful. The hats from Spring 2011 sent me into convulsions, in only the best of ways of course. While this collection didn’t quite do the same, it has grown on me a since first seeing it, the more voluminous pieces working down my resistance quicker than the rest.

The Oscar de la Renta collection on the other hand, which I was able to catch the livestream of, really was something that I instantly liked. From the first look, which featured the top backwards on the model, all the way through to what I can only describe as the Indian Princess ball gowns, including every bow, and evening jumpsuit in between, I was practically in lust. It may be a bit weird, but I found myself almost frothing at the simplistic luxury found in the look featured above.

Donna Karan showed two collections during her Pre-Fall collection: the first being a new collection entitled “The Casual” and the second being her main Donna Karan collection. Based on her 7 basic pieces, Donna Karan managed to bring something a bit new to her customer, something that I can only explain as… casual. The layering, the furs, the color palette, everything pointed towards this motif and I’d be a liar if I said that I wasn’t a fan.

I have saved what may have been the best collection in my opinion till last(although not purposefully). The J Mendel collection spoke red carpet moments to me. Continuing with the silhouette mapped out in the Spring collection, Gilles Mendel presents us with a Romanesque architectural collection with an emphasis on draping(I hope that came out right). The furs… the furs… what can I say about the furs? There is nothing to say to adequately describe the beauty embedded within them, and at the same time there’s so much to say about how the inherent masculinity of them contradicts with the femininity in the gowns. Again I can only say… red carpet moments.

Playing it Safe

FR Celebrities: Anna Paquin, Christina Hendricks, Dianna Agron, Elisabeth Moss
FR Designers: Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera, DKNY
SR Celebrities: Hedi Klum, Tina Fey, Lea Michelle, Kim Kardashian
SR Designers: Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa
The 62nd Emmy awards were last night and to be entirely honest… I didn’t watch them. The only thing I actually watched was a UStream feed from backstage… and my timeline. Yes, I watched my Twitter feed and by the end of the night I had seen many of the looks from the red carpet and had discussed them with a variety of people. There were of course some trends, like the unkempt, down, messy type of hair style, as well as draped pieces, as well as some names that continuously came up like DKNY(Elisabeth Moss in image 4), Oscar de la Renta(Tina fey in image 6 and Lea Michelle in image 7), and Marchesa(Hedi Klum in image 5 and Kim Kardashian in image 8. Then again when does Marchesa not see good use on the red carpet?). Jewelry also had some names that popped up a few times like Lorraine Schwartz on Kim Kardashian as well as Tina Fey. As a whole though, my opinion on the red carpet was that it was too safe. One can take Anna Paquin in Alexander McQueen Resort 2011 accessorized with House of Lavande Jewels as an example. I mean if you’re going to go with McQueen, go MCQUEEN!! Don’t pick an ill fitted gown that is the safest McQueen piece you can find.
See our pick for what Hedi should have worn, as well as best dressed, and the latest episode of True Blood
Hedi Klum in Marchesa, Ajak Deng in Valentino Couture
NO ONE TOOK RISKS! I would have loved for someone to take a risk on the red carpet and they won’t! Why, “Because the general public won’t understand it,” SO!! Don’t watch the red carpet if you don’t understand! But that’s not even what I’m here to talk about, I wanted to discuss this cocktail dress goes to the Emmy’s phenomenon. I’m a bit perturbed at why there were dresses out on the runway that were coming above the knee and were just… dresses. I mean just because the name says Marchesa does not mean that it’s automatically red carpet worthy. I would’ve wished that Hedi had done something a little different if she was going to do something above the knee. Maybe even this beautiful piece that Ajak Deng wore for the Valentino Couture show about a month ago. Albeit the bust does look a little like the Oscar de la Renta that Kathy Griffin wore, but I mean no one would have noticed, and at worst they’d call it a trend. So Hedi, next time try to use a garment that required more than a yard of fabric for it’s making.

Dianna Agron in Carolina Herrera and Cartier.
So my best dressed of the night had to be Dianna Agron. I mean some say that the gown is too mature for her, and others say that she’s been wearing a little too much Carolina Herrera but I don’t really care. I loved it. The Victorian undertones did wonders for me, and the lace… is just to DIE for. The dress is full of long, clean lines and if she’s been wearing alot of Carolina Herrera, at least she knows what she looks good in. the look was soft to me, and yet it did hold a bit of maturity and more importantly it was a gown suited for the Emmy’s. She didn’t wear something that may or may not have been suited for a weekend out with friends like some other celebrities did. I mean, it’s not the VMA’s and with this gown, I think that is evident.

http://www.megavideo.com/v/GA8891ZTf03006956b282131a103318959039708Oh and in case you guys were unaware… I love True Blood. And since a majority of the cast was on the red carpet for the Emmy’s… and I just finished watching it, i wanted to post it for your consumption. This is episode 11 of season 3, and it’s entitled Fresh Blood. I don’t want to spoil it but I was VERY angry with Eric and the end. Not for Russell’s sake but for his own! UGH, I just can’t wait until the next episode