Mulberry transformed Claridges into the English countryside this morning for the Autumn '11 show. The collection stayed true to the great outdoors with traditional heritage fabrics and ladylike ensembles. There were plenty of pleated midi length skirts in a range of eye popping colours including green. Since it was Mulberry, all eyes were on the accessories which included the new Polly pushlock which is sure to be the brands next it-bag. A lot of the bags had top handles and gold hardware adding to the ladylike feel of the ensembles, although they were still quite bulky. The show attracted a celebrity audience including Kirsten Dunst and Gemma Arterton.
- Trends: Heritage, midi length, pleats, mixed textures.
- Colours: Khaki, metallic, green, lilac, dark blue.
- Key Looks: Long, pleated metallic dress.
- Accessories: Top handle handbags with gold hardware, skinny belts, knee-high socks.
- Who Would Wear It: Feminine girls who aren't afraid of colour and like tradition!
Photos by Chris Moore Courtesy of Mulberry
We can't get enough of Proenza Schouler's exceptional
panné velvet graphic dress, while daywear boast fresh silhouettes from the likes of
Menswear-inspired suits and separates were remixed
with tuxedo details creating a decadent directional statement. DKNY's tuxedo
striped cape coat will make for a standout topper, and we can't stop
swooning over Derek Lam's bright red and black trousers.
Come Fall, we're dousing ourselves in a little, or a lot, of glossy components.
Preen's multi-colored mash-up is a genius take on dressed-up daywear, and we're
obsessing over DVF's stunning horizontal striped dress.
Peplum detailing, no longer just for French aristocrats, received a fresh
face lift for Fall. Thakoon's fanciful take on the lumberjack plaid vest was a pure stroke
of genius. Other notable pieces hail from Marc Jacobs's bedazzled ensemble,
to more minimal looks from Preen, Peter Som.
Hemlines are getting longer but that doesn't mean you won't be showing
some skin. We foresee ourselves wearing these thigh-high slits — seen from Michael Kors,
Diane von Furstenberg, Jenni Kayne, and Jason Wu — to swanky dinner soirees
and cocktail parties in the near future.
We're heady in lust with the endless shearling and fur options from
the runway. For those not opposed to it, check out these amazing
looks from Vera Wang, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone,
and Alexander Wang for the ultimate
and decadent Winter essential.
We're stowing away our mini-skirts for this chic cut now and later for Fall.
Details, like buckles on Altuzarra's version and Libertine's textural
print, add the perfect punky and artful touch
to an otherwise modest shape.
If you haven't invested in a poncho or cape, now is the time. Fall 2011
displayed a cornucopia of new styles, ranging from a nubby off-white Western-inspired
poncho from Band of Outsiders to a vibrant streamlined cape coat
from DKNY. What's not to love?
Duster coats will become a Winter essential thanks to Rodarte, Bill Blass,
Michael Kors, and Theyskens Theory. We especially love them paired with long
maxis and wide-leg trouser pants
Sass and Bide brought a ray of sunshine to a chilly London day with its latest collection. The Australian designer duo showed a typically free-spirited collection this evening with block color and clashing prints titled "Boogie and the Historymaker." An eye-catching color palette was used of bright pink and orange, which was broken up with statement accessories like a thick beaded belt. The prints had a tribal feel and were teamed with hand-painted wraps. Pieces were long, flowing, and produced from soft silk and suede. Designers Sarah Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton commented, "This season's girl is free spirited and strangely wonderful, she'll be wearing this collection everywhere."
- Trends: Color blocking, clashing prints, mixed textures.
- Colors: Pink, orange, monochrome.
- Key Looks: A long flowing pink dress with an asymmetric hem.
- Accessories: Statement belts, slouchy clutch bags, necklaces.
- Who Would Wear It: Glamorous, bohemian women who like to make a statement with color.
We've seen the collections, picked up the trends, and now it's time to decide just what we'll be wearing from the runways. There were major themes — layering, minimalism, and modern tribal among them — but how do those big ideas apply to you? We've sifted through all the looks, and here are our top 15 most chic and wearable trends coming from New York Fashion Week.
Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. shows are always part fashion event and part fan gathering, and last night's was no exception. Hundreds of Gwen devotees packed into Lincoln Center's Theater to see her Fall collection, which was divided into six themes. The action started with billowing smoke and an Apocalypse Now-esque war montage displayed on an enormous screen. The first batch of clothes was clearly military-inspired, with jackets and trousers in olive greens and tans. Next up were ensembles that took clear influence from Rastas, London, the outdoors, mod culture, and glamour. Before sending her models down the runway, Gwen spoke about the varied looks. She said, "Whether it be from me being like a little bit of an English girl, like a little bit of a Rasta girl, a little bit of an Orange County girl, it's like always those same things that come through in the clothes . . . It's just defining yourself through the people that you love growing up." Gwen created her own persona from a variety of sources, and that certainly came through in her latest design efforts.
- Trends: Plaids, draping, layering.
- Colors: Orange! Red! Black!
- Key Looks: A floor-length Navajo-print evening gown with amazing back details.
- Accessories: Aviators, Rasta hats, silk scarves.
- Who Would Wear It: Fans of Gwen, Harajuku Girls, those unafraid of bold colors and prints.