Fall/Winter 2011

Fall/Winter 2011

An army of ice queens commanded the runway adorned in 6,000 silver and metallic black barrettes for the show, all supplied by Goody to create the ultramodern vision of the Alexander McQueen girl.

Karl Lagerfeld tackled the apocalypse in his latest collection for the venerated house of Chanel. Perhaps it was the Kaiser’s ultimate statement in the power of optimism, or at least the power of beauty over impending doom. In the sun-ridden world of the future, Lagerfeld provides the light.

Victorian, romantic, ultra-femme – this Christian Dior show was laced in all the signifying qualities that have defined the brand since John Galliano took the helm as Creative Director. But with the famed couturier publicly ousted from the LVMH ranks – what lingers from this exquisite show is, unfortunately, not the clothes, but the disgrace.

The makeup is soft and simple, with just a hint of color on the cheeks, complimenting effortless, side swept hair. The illusion of a cropped coif strengthened the impression of the masculine, transforming each girl into a sleek and cool modern woman.

Last season it was a severely chic version of Olive Oil. This time – sirens, Mondrian art, Dian Fossey, Amelia Earhart, anthropomorphic serpents – that’s only but a handful of the different facets at play or interpreted from Miuccia Prada’s latest masterpiece collection.

Handcrafts were Christopher Bailey’s latest weapon for exploring new frontiers in a brand already teeming with rich heritage. Raffia hats and leopard wedge sandals came down the runway on almost every artisanally adorned garment at Burberry Prorsum.

Jason Wu might have just outdone himself. Inspired by the legendary photographer Robert Polidori’s three-volume set ‘Parcours Museologique Revisite’ – chronicling the 25 year restoration of Versailles, young designer sent down a collection that was all about sheer opulence.