Highights From London Fall 2011 Fashion Week

By Blerona

Burberry’s Fall collection was named after the proto-supermodel Jean Shrimpton, based around her look in the early sixties. The collection was just beautiful with its bold colors, tulip-skirted dresses, mod sweaters and pants. But Burberry’s real success was the coats, the beautiful trim coats in various colors, textures and hints of mink, fur, closures and buttons.  Mathew Williamson’s collection was inspired by Francisco Infante-Arana, the Russian artist. The collection had an array of bright colors, and interesting patterns, fringe, beading and fur trim details. Antonio Berardi’s collection was full of stacked pleats bullion beaded sleeves, hints of lace, beautifully made beaded dresses on sheer fabric, and my favorite cashmere coat with a fox top and a trim of sheared mink, just gorgeous.  Sass & Bide Fall collection was based around different cultures and different textures, an urban warrior like woman. The collection included rich and electric shades of magenta, fuchsia, coral and tie-dye colors. My favorite piece was the yellow coat with hints of beading. Roksanda Ilincic’s Fall collection was in inspired by exotic birds, which makes sense that she would use bright vivid colors. The collection included wool tunics, tuxedo-striped trousers, and satin gowns. Some of my favorite looks was the separate tops and skirts pulled together by a contrast ribbon belt.

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Burberry Prorsum

 Mathew Williamson

Antonio Berardi

Sass & Bide  

Roksanda Ilincic

Hightlights: London & Milan’s 2011 Spring Fashion Week

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By Blerona

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London

London showed its true colors this season. Yellow was confirmed as a key emerging trend on the London runways, Watermelon pinks replace summer’s perennial coral tones, and floral brights also return to the runways. Mixing bright colors was seen on the runway by designers such as Gucci. Stripe patterns were also seen but with cutouts, draping and soft colorful stripes.

Colors of the RunwayEmilio de la Morena, Burberry Prorsum, Mathew Williamson, Nicole Farhi

StripesKinder Aggugini, Jaeger London

Combining PrintsErdem, Basso & Brooke, Clements Ribeiro, Basso & Brooke

FringeNicole Farhi, Mathew Williamson, Mark Fast

Raffia FringeSass & Bide, Mathew Williamson, Holly Fulton

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Milan

Milan had an amazing fashion week. Designers combined bright colors by layering in unrelated haphazard mixes. Floral prints were very popular for the spring season in Milan, as well as long flowy floral dresses for the spring breeze. Designers such as Just Cavalli and Marni showed amazing trims embellishments using sequins and palliates. Just as in London fringe is also popular in Milan fashion week.

Color ClashAquilano & Rimondi, Gucci

Floral PrintsAquilano & Rimondi, D&G, Alberta Ferretti

FringeGucci, Versace, Roberto Cavalli

Long and FlowyD&G, Maurizio Pecoraro, Alberta Ferretti

EmbellishedJust Cavalli, Marni, Iceberg, Gianfranco Ferre