Let's talk about, the fun, the good, bad, and more... This season the Fall/Winter collections 2011, are more than just an interpretation of colors and textures. There is a definite thread of "Visit back in Time" weaving through the styles of several designers.
Some of them more fun, and a Look back with a smile, than others. References to the 60s Brit chic are fun, a nod to Audrey Hepburn and the 60s movies, James Bond and the early 70s, or further back to an era of swashbuckling buccaneers.
First, I need to say that I am not fond of the house maid or foot man look, the black dress or pant suit with white jabot or other collar detail at the front, be it Moschino, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, Carven, Marc Jacobs or Dsquared. And all above Chanel, with one of Karl's scary visions.
The look that Madonna was wearing at the press conference for the introduction of her new movie at the Venice film festival. This look is just not cheerful, or luscious. It says to me, 1920s drudge in misery, even though the fabrics might be exquisite, they belie their original use. And who wants dress like a chamber maid?
Wait, it may be giving some people a thrill just for Halloween.
This look is just not appealing even though some lace details may be sumptuous it just wants me to scream Why? No wonder the models looked so remote and depressed when they had to wear this look down the runway. May be a large dose of Prozac could have helped.
Fall/Winter collections do not mean only brooding black, smoldering browns and slate, ghostly foggy grey and pale faces. Even if some designers like to present themselves as a tiny dark figure in an over sized stylized haunted forest among smoldering rocks. Step away from the edge.
photo credit: Vogue, Condé Nast publications, Chanel collections, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Carven, Talbot Runhof, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Schumacher, Aquilano Rimondi, Bottega Veneta.
Evening Looks: by Dior, Donna Karan New York.
photo credit: see below