"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." - Coco Chanel

Thursday, 11 November 2010

SS11: Sand & Tan

Burnt sienna, caramel tans and subtle sands each featured highly in the catwalk shows for next season, with complimenary details such as fringing and softest leather.

First off, a few images from the earlier Chanel Saint Tropez collection:

A wild-west vibe here!

Opulent gold matched beautifully with printed oranges and browns. Here the shirt is shown in more detail, the glitter running though adds more magic to the outfit:

We are transported to Spain this year in the Hermes collection:

Gucci channels the chic explorer:

Sand and fringing make me think of holidays on the Amalfi Coast:

Seventies flares on the Pucci catwalk:

A Pucci-print cut-out pool costume:

Opulent golds with mosaic touches ruled at Rodarte, and I could not resist adding these amazing blue and white dresses that I associate with porcelain china, which together with the gold evoke images of an egyptian palace:

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

SS11: B&W

An abundance of white in the spring/summer shows is unextraordinary. However, the unexpected manifestation of black created a strong monochrome presence for next year. Indeed, some shows consisted nearly entirely of monochrome. Each appearence of black and white though made a very different impact, from Givency's romantic goth to Calvin Klein's classic minimalism and ChloƩ's womanly chic.

Classic ChloƩ:

I love the fluidity yet the body-clinging shape of this dress and the strong red accent of the shoes:
And the contrasting all-black. Note the leather shorts:

And now a master-class in the LBD and LWD (that's little white dress) by Calvin Klein:

Two very similar dresses at first glance, but at the same time both so different.

Goddess-like and sleek, but still subtle enough for day-time in the city. Like-wise for the white version:

Highly flattering lines and long sleeves:

Designer duo Dolce and Gabbana created a girly, innocent fantasy in broderie anglaise, black and white, and an added flirtaation with leopard print in a selection of pieces:

Pure White

And sexy black

Black is in the detailing too. I love this coat by Phillip Lim:

Play-time on the prairie by Anna Sui:

And lastly, a new, pretty gothic by Givenchy:

Do black and white ever go out of fashion?