Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fall 2011 Trends: Fashion Royalty Speaks

So we've seen the best that the top designers in the world have put together for the Fall 2011 fashion lines with the latest round of fashion shows in Milan, New York, Paris and London. I would some up the season with two pervasive thoughts: Multi-Colored Prints; Long & Lean.

Multi-colored prints in stripes, polka dots, plaids and more.
Separates that mix and match. Wrap blouses.
Retro-inspired suits; pant suits; wide leg trousers.
Below the knee, mid-calf and full length skirts. High slits.
Duster coats; ponchos or cape coats
Earthy tones contrasted with bright blue and red hues
Black leather, skinny belts, long sleeve dresses, high & bow necklines
70s inspiration
Function & luxury

It's going to be a great season! If you missed the latest designer shows here.

I know there many some of you may be wondering what the connection could ever be between the clothes in your closet and what models in designer fashion shows wear. I think there is a great clip in the movie "Devil Wears Prada" which briefly explains this relationship.

By the way, the "Devil Wears Prada" is a great movie to watch to get an insight into the fashion world. The movie is based on a book written by Lauren Weisberger who was a former assistant of Anna Wintour, who is the editor-in-chief of Vogue. Anyhow, the movie is about a naive young woman, Andy Sachs who is played by Anne Hathaway, that comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest fashion magazine editors, Miranda Priestly, who is played by Merlyl Street. There is a scene that is a turning point in the movie. In the scene Andy laughs aloud in reaction to what she feels is ridiculousness when an assistant states how different two belts are that are nearly identical. Miranda is not amused by Andy's lack of respect for high fashion and therefore tells her the following in response (sorry couldn't find the clip):

This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.

I think the above gets the point across rather harshly. But truth is we wear clothing. Many of us buy our clothes instead of make them. Hence we are forever connected to the fashion industry and thus subject to the dictations of the fashion royalty.

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