We rely on Roland Mouret to deliver femininity and polish. For Fall '11 he succeeds in crafting a collection in the same vein, though this time, channeling a softer side in the form of easier silhouettes. Roland, too, opts for longer hemlines and shows nods to the '70s in furs, wide-leg trousers, and draped halter tops. But there are still the cinched waists and body-conscious details we expect, even in the design of jackets and coats, which too nip at the waist. It's a careful balance of what the modern femme craves — more structure, pants, and separates — and then, again something equally refined, but less structural, more movement and easy, womanly dressing. In the end, fan Victoria Beckham could find her cocktail dress just as easily as one with a taste for softer, subtler femininity could find hers.
Trends: Fur, slits, longer hemlines, draping, print.
Colors: Black, green, blue, burgundy, yellow-gold, soft tweed.
Key Looks: Yellow-gold double slit dress with black fur collar, deep-v full-length emerald green dress.
Accessories: T-strap heels, skinny black belts.
Who Would Wear It: Carey Mulligan and other girls with a taste for polished femininity; Mouret fans like Victoria Beckham.