Pre-Fall 2011: my favorites & a few thoughts



PRE-FALL 2011 IS HERE!




To me, Pre-Fall 2011 is more of the monochromatic trend, a few palettes inspired by the 70s, with a severe twenties influence, silhouette implication through color blocking, and a little space age. I love pieces in every collection. I'm still trying to get a peek at as many collections as possible, being an underdog and all, but I'm pretty satisfied thus far.


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I love Max Azria... sure they are quite a few BCBG pieces of which I'm not so fond - but 90% of his designs are great and 100% of his Runway Collections are top notch. These are a couple of my favorite pieces from this release... (Note, I especially love the sheer maxi, and it has a special place in my collection to be released this March at Destination Design.)


Max Azria for BCBG

Max Azria for BCBG



Max Azria for BCBG
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The Byzantine/Constantinople bit from Chanel was incredible. This was the only ensemble I'm really fawning over, but the show itself was amazing. Especially after the over-the-top shows of 2010. The entire space was adorned in embroidered, beaded fabrics and only 136(ish) guests were present. 


Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
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Diane Von Furstenberg is really climbing my list of favorite designers. The lines in her pre-fall 2011 collection are feminine yet color blocked through layering. She adds another mark to the monochromatic trend, but with feeling this time. It's all about the mustards, and shades of turquoise we so loved in the fashion of the 70s for DVF 2011. Also, make a note of all the long skirts and how to wear them now.


Diane Von Furstenberg


Diane Von Furstenberg


Diane Von Furstenberg


Diane Von Furstenberg
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Fendi's simple yet elegant-beyond-words ensembles for pre-fall really caught my eye. I know I'll be recreating this high-waisted, knee-length skirt/ leather jacket combo as soon as I get my paws on my new Max Azria skin, which my wonderful, generous mother is holding hostage until Christmas.


Fendi

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More Max Azria! I love a double dose. If you go out...ever... you need at least one of these dresses. If you go out a lot, you need them all. As for me, I'll take that futuristic yet oh-so-current black on black pants-friendly ensemble... and I will love it. Forever.


Max Azria for Hervé Léger


Max Azria for Hervé Léger



Max Azria for Hervé Léger


Max Azria for Hervé Léger

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J.Mendel apparently irritated his models, or maybe he was showing his mood vicariously through their sassy expressions - but the direction behind these photos really showed off the little bits of edge he added into otherwise classic designs. 


J. Mendel


J. Mendel

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I know I've said this before, many times, but I LOVE Monique Lhullier. Look at those lines. How can you not? So graceful, so sophisticated. She definitely wins a mark for the ultra high waist in those amazing pants. The only waist I have that lays so mercifully is in a pair of vintage 40s pants, which you may have seen in a few of my past outfit posts. I also ADORE ombre. Le sigh.





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Zac Posen packed the sass more than J. Mendel, not that I'm surprised. This fur piece is hands down my favorite boho look of pre-fall 2011. And I absolutely LOVE the way he paired leather with graceful flowing flared pants, giving off the same vibes as lace-on-leather but on an entirely different level of sophistication. This is the couture femme fatale.



Zac Posen


Zac Posen


Zac Posen

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Look for another post soon! As more collections are released and I get my paws on a few pieces of my own I'll be writing again.