Posts for September 11th 2011
>> For Spring 2012, Diane von Furstenberg visited the idea of "beginnings", opening the show with a series of crisp white looks and the upbeat music of Matias Aguayo. While new starts may have been on von Furstenberg's mind, evolution might have been as well, for the 50 look collection moved effortlessly from white to pastel to vibrant in one fluid motion. A series of solid-colored separates and dresses brought together smokey greys, mints, and topaz; a grouping of graphic florals mixed black, white, pink, and lilac; and an explosion of large-scale prints found their bearings in vivid coral, red, violet, and jade. Silhouettes were a wearable mix of slouchy mod-lines and tiered layers — swing-backed jackets, full-skirted wrapdresses, cropped trousers, and loosely-cut sheaths.
>> The start of the weekend marked anything but relaxation on the street style front: Grace Coddington brought out her Prada banana shirt, Hanne Gaby Odiele went grunge in an all-white crop top and wide-leg jean combination, and Jessica Joffe mixed pink and red in a big way. All that and more in the slideshow.
>> Inspired by “a little California dreamin’,” Derek Lam sent out eye-catching sequined "tile" dresses, purple-infused "kaleidoscope"-print looks head to toe, and Spring leather. No neon here. Instead, Lam says, “There is an influence of mid-century colors, the bright tangerines and the peppermints, and the chrome yellows. Not acid brights, but warm brights, mixed with things that are rustic and natural, shades of brown and burlap. Something clean with something rustic.” He adds: “For me, it’s about texture in a new way, so there’s a lot of embroidery, a lot of bright colors, a mix of something that’s more crafty and rustic feeling with things that are more spare and modern.”
>> Yesterday was a big show day, with the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra, and Helmut Lang traipsing out their new Spring 2012 collections. Get a second, behind-the-scenes look at those collections — complete with snaps of Hanne Gaby Odiele, Britt Maren, and Mirte Maas goofing off at Wang; Siri Tollerod playing a little air guitar on the iPad at Altuzarra; and Frida Gustavsson showing off the train on her Gurung finale dress — in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
>> The tribal symbols of North African Berbers and Morrocan tile work were reference points for Pamela Love's Spring 2012 collection, presented to a packed house — including Anna Wintour — at Milk Studios Saturday night. Models in cowboy hats and turbans posed atop stacked Persian rugs, a 10-piece band played in the corner, and red-hued lights gave off an exotic glow. It was a vibrant scene, one that was matched by the globally-tinged jewelry. New materials have found their way into Love's palette, making for a much brighter offering than in season's past. Red lapis, turquoise, malachite and amythest turn up in hexagonal rings and triangular tile bracelets, while ellipse-shaped breastplates are fashioned from warm-toned wood. Also on display this season was something new for Love: leather belts and clothing crafted especially for the presentation. Click through the slideshow to get an up-close look.
Snapshots: Christina Perez; Collection photos: Getty Images