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PREFALL 2011: Red Carpet Hopefulls

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Labels: Monique Lhuillier, Ports 1961, Zac Posen, Reem Acra

Although I don’t follow it much now, there was a point in time at which I loved the red carpet season. In the past few seasons though, it seems as if the starlets are going safer and their choices are becoming more and more bland. Recently though, I’ve been seeing some images that excite me about the possibilities, not only that the designers are putting out but also that the starlets seem to be wearing. Because of this I’ve decided to feature a few looks that I particularly adore from the recent Pre-Fall collections that continue to roll in. I will have to find a way to adequately cover the international Pre-Fall collections though as the bulk of those have yet to arrive and are sitting on the other side of the new year to attack.

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Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2011

Monique Lhuillier is obviously no stranger to beauty. Every collection that she sends down a runway or presents always has atleast a few red carpet gems that even in a time of red carpet restraint see the light of day. Her collection for Pre-Fall 2011 is no different. With gowns that are silhouette driven, Monique makes evident that her gowns are for real women. While I don’t mean real in the “everyday” sense, I do mean real in the, authentic, curvy woman type of way. To be honest, I was never one to pay attention to particularly which person wore which gown on the red carpet(only paying attention to which gowns were worn) If I had to throw a dart at the board I’d say Kim Kardashian would find herself at home in one of these pieces.

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Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2011

Reem Acra is yet another go-to for the red carpet dressing the likes of Beyonce Knowles. With a collection that mixes a bit of old Hollywood glamour with what I can only quantify as an Egyptian ethnicity, the collection spans from metallic mini’s to heavily draped gowns. Reem Acra clearly knows hows to please the red carpet crowd and I think we’ll be seeing Halle Berry and Beyonce Knowles donning pieces from this collection before long.

PREFALL 2011: The Drape

Models(from left): Yulia Terentieva, unknown, Katie Fogarty, and Hanne Gaby Odiele
Labels(from left): Doo.Ri, Nicole Miller, Ports 1961, and Rag & Bone

I actually didn’t think that finding trends would be this difficult. I find myself going back from show to show observing and comparing, observing and comparing in ways that I never have before. Usually it’s very click, click, click, bam, I have it. Now I have to really look at the shows and find things that are not only going to be apparent to me but apparent to you as well and in an attempt to include as many shows as possible, I really have to be paying attention. But enough of that, let’s finally actually speak to this draping trend that seems to be happening.

Doo. Ri and Rag & Bone happen to be old time faves of mine, Doo. Ri happening to be more recent a fave than Rag & Bone. With the pre-fall collection Doo. Ri seems to stray a little from what she presented for the Spring in color, palette. She stays very true to her technical skill, creating garments that are seemingly molded onto Yulia’s body, as Ports 1961 did on Katie. Rag & Bone on the other hand gave Hanne Gaby Odiele a little more room to move in a sexy, draped cocktail dress that was arguably the most dressed up piece presented in their pre-fall collection. The collection seemed to evoke a Brooklyn girl, comfortable with long nights and late mornings. This contrasted greatly with the architectually dressed, artsy girl wearing Nicole Miller. With a wide legged pant and mostly dark wardrobe the muse seems to be a mix between Rad Hourani and Christopher Kane.