Jumpsuit of the Day: Viktor & Rolf at Paris Fashion Week

Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf showed the world their Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection during the first week of March at Paris Fashion Week. As they walked down the runway, models looked as if they were marching to battle at first, with their rigid,  heavy-duty black garments and red painted faces. As touches of femininity were shown in pleating, floral prints and carefully crafted ruffles, it became evident that models were showcasing a look that fought for a  glamorous-yet-macabre sense of empowerment in fashion.

This jumpsuit is no exception. Its single feathered arm is reminiscent of a Black Swan-esque Natalie Portman fighting to be the best dancer, trapped in a delusional and horrifying state of mind. The perfectly tailored pants meet the fitted top with the use of a shiny, black, almost weapon-like belt, and the model’s red war-paint is reflected in her bright red pumps. Though the net insert adds punk appeal and attitude to the garment, perhaps it could have done without it altogether, and remained a one-shoulder piece.

More images from the Viktor & Rolf F/W 2011 RTW runway show can be viewed here.

*Photo Credit: Style.com

Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Trend: Skirts with Fringes & Feathers

With the close of fashion weeks for the Fall/Winter 2011 season, the time for trend forecasting is complete, and runway analysis is well underway. While leather, velvet and colour-fading fabrics have been declared as trendy materials this coming fall season, it looks like fringes and feathers will be the “it” embellishments. Designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris created gorgeous gowns and dresses with fringed and feathered skirts.

Cushnie et Ochs, Lela Rose and Oscar de la Renta at NYFW

Cushnie et Ochs and Oscar de la Renta used black feathers to give full-bodied skirts to their pieces in New York, while Lela Rose combined grey feathers with sheer fabric to spruce up a white draped top. 

Holly Fulton (LFW), Aquilano.Rimondi (MFW) and No.21 (MFW)

In London and Milan, designers opted for cream-coloured feathers and fringing. Aquilano.Rimondi and No.21 gave their pieces dropped waists, while Holly Fulton’s sits slightly higher.

Hakaan, Alexander McQueen and Barbara Bui at PFW

In Paris, designers used dark feathers and fringes to give their outfits attitude and edginess. Hakaan used navy blue to create a micro-mini fringed skirt, while Alexander McQueen arranged feathers to form an A-line shape.  Barbara Bui on the other hand, gave a metallic look to this outfit by combining a short fringed skirt with a leather waistband.

Whether girly and flirty, or edgy and sexy, it’s no doubt that feathers and fringes add volume and character to ordinary skirts and dresses– expect to see plenty of plumage embellishments on party dresses for the rest of 2011!

*Photo Credit: Style.com