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!

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Fall/Winter 2011 Fashion Trend: Velvet Pants

Designers at fashion weeks last month showcased their Ready-to-Wear collections for the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 seasons. While some covered their models in bright colours and luxurious leathers, others opted for a less vibrant look– velvet.

As usual, designers brought forth an expected dosage of velvet tops and dresses…but they didn’t stop there. Audience saw tapered trousers, harem pants and the signature F/W 2011 bell-bottoms make countless appearances in velvet– a somewhat unconventional fabric for pants. Nonetheless, it added luxury, comfort and style to a great number of fashion week outfits.

Kelly Wearstler (NYFW), Marc by Marc Jacobs (NYFW), Emporio Armani (MFW) and Georgio Armani (MFW)

In New York, designer Kelly Wearstler gave velvet a unique, preppy spin by pairing pants with a blazer and Converse high-tops. Marc Jacobs on the other hand, created a velvet suit outfit, for the working woman who is also a fan of the vintage look. In Milan, Emporio and Georgio Armani stayed chic and stylish with their velvet ensembles.

Emanuel Ungaro, Haider Ackermann, Nina Ricci and Givenchy at PFW

In Paris, designers showed velvet pants in shades of sapphire blue, burnt red, dark teal and army green, in every style from high-waisted bell-bottoms to slim-fitting riding pants.

It can be certain that this coming fall season, celebs will be experimenting with velvet pants that may lay outside of their comfort zone of Juicy Couture velour!

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Fall/Winter 2011 Colour Trend: Purple

Colour trends for Fall/Winter 2011 look bright and vibrant. Though some designers stuck to monochrome palettes and prints, many experimented with shades of purple.

Malandrino, Halston and Badgley Mischka at NYFW

In New York, designers draped purple fabrics to create stunning evening wear. Malandrino used a darker shade to embody mystery and sophistication, while the indigo Halston dress gives off a whimsical, toga effect. Badgley Mischka combined shades of red, pink and purple in their flowing gown.

Alberta Ferretti, Versace and Blumarine at MFW

Alberta Ferretti and Blumarine incorporated the bright purple shade of purple reminiscent of Daphne from The “Scooby Doo” cartoon series, while Versace’s single-strap dress is accompanied by purple accessories.

YSL, Balenciaga and Rue du Mail at PFW

In Paris, Yves Saint Laurent and Rue Du Mail used a bold purple shade in outerwear variations, and Balenciaga sent a pair of bright purple pants down the runway.


Click here to see how designers used the red-orange colour at F/W 2011 RTW fashion weeks.

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Jumpsuit of the Day: Salvatore Ferragamo at Milan Fashion Week

Salvatore Ferragamo F/W 2011 RTW collection

Massimiliano Giornetti, creative director or Salvatore Ferragamo sent a stunning collection down the runway last Sunday at Milan Fashion Week. He used blacks, whites and greys in a variety of shades, prints and textures to create fashion forward separates, dresses and gowns. In fact, there was no colour to be seen throughout the entire show! However, lack of colour does not mean lack of style. The pieces shown at Ferragamo were exceptionally designed and  impeccably tailored.

These two jumpsuits were part of the Ferragamo collection. They appear to be feminine variations of the typical male suit, fit for any female boss at a bank, or a law firm. The phrase “women empowerment” comes to mind. The first is a pinstripe jumpsuit, worn with a matching blazer and trench. Though the pieces themselves may be extraordinary, it would have been nice to see the jumpsuit alone– it would be interesting to see what kind of sleeves (if any) accompany that plunging neckline. The second is black and simple. The tapered trouser and  contrast collar make the garment wearable for the workplace, and the cuffed, baggy sleeve allow it to be worn even at night. The models’ tightly pulled back hair and pink-cherry lips complete the overall look of the chic workwear.

To view other looks from the Salvatore Ferragamo F/W 2011 RTW collection at MFW, click here.

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Fall/Winter 2011 Colour Trend: Red-Orange

With Fashion Weeks in Europe drawing to a close, a few colour trends stood out amongst the various collections. The Crayola shade of red-orange for instance, was used by designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Carlos Miele, Proenza Schouler and Reed Krakoff in New York

Carlos Miele’s gathered jumpsuit will be a popular garment this fall season. Many neutral-coloured oversized blazers were spotted on the runways, but this Proenza Schueler piece is funky and eye-catching. And although black sheer dresses were a plenty amongst the New York collections, these sheer red-orange sleeves by Reed Krakoff give a fresh and cheery look to the trend.

Matthew Williamson, Issa and Betty Jackson in London

Matthew Williamson shows that red-orange pants can be edgy, and Issa gave grace and sophistication to this bright dress from his collection. Though Feretti’s outfit could have looked like a prison jumpsuit, the model carries it with a whimsical attitude.  

Gabriele Colangelo, Blumarine and Alberta Feretti in Milan

Designers in Milan showed that red-orange outerwear will definitely be trendy this Fall, and Blumarine used cut-out lace in the same colour for a spin-off of the sheer lace dress.

Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel and Rue du Mail in Paris

Lanvin impressed viewers with dresses that incorporated movement and body, while Sonia Rykiel included red-orange stirrup leggings in her runway show, and Rue du Mail mixed Halloween colours in his red-orange piece.  

Stay tuned for more colour trends from Fashion Weeks!

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Jumpsuit of the Day: Alberta Ferretti at Milan Fashion Week

Alberta Ferretti Fall/Winter 2011 RTW at Milan Fashion Week

Alberta Ferretti showed her Fall/Winter 2011 ready-to-wear collection on February 23rd at Milan Fashion Week. Ferretti used strong and vivid colours- bright reds and purples, and electric blues and greens. Models had their hair pulled back and side-swept, and walked the runway in thigh-high velvet boots.

This jumpsuit combines three of my personal favourite design elements in one piece: silk, purple, and asymmetry. The dark shade and reflective shine make it an outfit worthy of any city girl on the lookout for a glamorous and edgy nightlife look. The single long sleeve with the shoulder cut-out gives the outfit a fierce but elegant Roman vibe, and the sash tied in a bow above the model’s hip gives the piece some extra body. Ferretti managed to incorporate draping and gathers into the garment, while maintaining its overall fitted shape– the only thing I’m not a fan of is her choice of shoes for this outfit!

View the rest of Alberta Ferretti’s Fall/Winter 2011 RTW collection here.
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Jumpsuit of the Day: Emporio Armani at Milan Fashion Week

Emporio Armani F/W 2011 RTW at Milan Fashion Week

 Armani showed his Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection at Milan Fashion Week on Saturday. Blacks and greys dominated the runway, with a few pops of electric blue. The chiffons, silks, velvets and sequined embellishments accompanying the classic workwear materials showed the sheer versatility of the brand, in addition to its unwavering skill to incorporate glamour into the wardrobe of the working woman.

In each of  these two jumpsuits, Armani created a single ruffle, and attached it to the garment. On the first piece, the ruffle is made to look like a collar, and on the second it’s attached to the hip in a fish fin-like way. The ruffles act as the main feature of each jumpsuit; they are bold and overbearing, and what the eye is first drawn to.

Click here to see the rest of the Emporio Armani F/W 2011 RTW collection.

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Jumpsuit of the Day: Katie Holmes at Milan Fashion Week

Katie Holmes at MaxMara

Katie left her husband and daughter in Vancouver (where Tom is currently shooting his next Mission Impossible movie) and flew to Milan to attend some Fashion Week shows with her mother. She wore this jumpsuit yesterday to the MaxMara Fall/Winter 2011 RTW show.

The fabric is thick enough to cover, but still sheer enough to give Katie a sexy and mysterious appearance. The material falls beautifully, and the colour is just right for her subtle but sophisticated look. The one-shoulder gives the overall outfit a toga effect, and  Katie’s minimal makeup and bright red nails complement the garment perfectly.

Click here to see images from the MaxMara show that Katie attended!

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