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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.

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RESORT: Derek Lam 2011

So, while looking for the next show package to post I noticed that Elite Milan was up. I immediately thought, how appropriate. I love Milan Menswear… and the show package is soccer themed so why not… I’ll tell you why not. The package was 228 pictures strong! Now while I think it’s amazing that 113 models from one agency alone will shortly be descending on the city of Milan… uploading their pictures 5 at a time… isn’t going to cut it. And so instead we are here with Derek Lam and his collection for Resort 2011. A nice quaint, 16 looks :).

See the rest of our coverage and the collection below the clip
Call me stuck up, call me whatever you like really, but there are certain things I adore in fashion and certain things I wish would just GET LOST! I mean Mr. Lam and I don’t have an ongoing relationship but looking at this collection I could TELL that if we did it would be a tumultuous one. I either LOVED a look or HATED it.
Pieces that I loved included reinterpreted basics, like the t-shirt above, and pieces that utilized draping, like the piece below. Mr. Lam, in my humble opinion, seems to thrive in those simplistic moments, while floundering helplessly in the more… ornate times. For example, the purple frock with the many ruffles… I’m not sure I can quite express my discontent with it. It’s too much, just too frivolous for my tastes and furthermore… FOR THE STATE THE ECONOMY IS NOW IN. You want to return to your staples, a return to minimalism… and I find that Mr. Lam flourishes when he does.

Models: Megan McNierny(IMG NY), Ksenia Kahnovich(IMG Paris)