Gracing the autumn/winter catwalks for 2011 are opulent, multi-textured and new-shaped garments. These evoke the styles of the modernist and expressionist artists, as well as highlighting the skill of the designers and their dress makers. A breath of fresh air is about to envelope the high street, throwing away the short lengths and patchwork patterns in this current season. The AW2011 catwalk shows which caught my magpie eyes:
Valentino by Valentino Garavani
Valentino’s collection is romantic and seductive. Using hues of gold and burnt yellow, Valentino evokes the transition between summer and autumn in a sophisticated and demure manner. The metallic sheen and complex blend of colour on the floor-length dresses is reminiscent of Monet’s famous painting of water lilies, Le Bassin aux Nympheas. Plaits, frills and fringing add a contemporary twist, and the neck-to-toe skin coverage has an air of renaissance glamour.
Valentino showcases clean white, structured and rich red dresses, creating a dynamic contrast of colour on the catwalk. Such skill and variation solidifies Valentino as one of the top designers in the fashion world; he adapts his vision to incorporate current trends, such as the vintage theme and waist-cinched shapes.
The dewy make-up and rose lips contrast well with the maturity and intricacy of the dress designs.
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Utopian Aviary by A La Disposition
Lynda Cohen Kinne and Daniel Kinne, a husband and wife fashion team, depicted bird-like shapes and autumnal shades for their collection.
Not for the faint-hearted fashionistas, the cut of the garments are very top heavy, similar to the ruffle of feathers encircling a bird’s head. The Kinnes wonderfully introduce tiering across the torso of the models, creating an abstract effect. The heavy shapes are also reminiscent of Vivienne Westwood’s iconic designs, and would fit in well at a modern art exhibition.
Vibrant burnt oranges and mustard yellows are paired together to contrast with the other dark, rich colours of winter used within the collection. My favourite garment has to be the deep purple, sand-timer shaped dress. With the wide, Elizabethan neck piece and armour-like layering of material, the dress embodies strength and femininity. The A-line skirt balances the theatrical size of the neck piece and a stand-out piece for anyone who wishes to be noticed at a dinner party!
The teased and back-combed hair of the models intensify the bird theme of the show, and the smouldering eyes are dark and tantalising.
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Images courtesy of: elleuk.com; rdujour.com; emergingfervour.com.