Sunday, March 4, 2012
From what i've been reading about this collection, it seemed to have elicited a standing ovation. And really, I can see why. Said to have been inspired by autumn leaves, it was a showcase of painterly beauty with shades of persimmon, burnt orange, lavender, and fiery red.
It was an impressive collection, full of sexuality with the usual awesome Ackermann silhouettes and shapes.
Before I state what I actually think about this collection, let me first say this- I am a huge admirer of Miuccia Prada. The research and references she adds to her collection, whether menswear or womenswear, is nothing short of amazing. And it's even more amazing seeing how these references play out in the clothes themselves. With that said, i'm not so impressed by this collection.
More a statement on the "pleasure of fashion," as she put it, the collection was filled with pajama dressing, 70's wallpaper prints, menswear elements and, in true Prada style, weirdness.
I liked the cuts. I liked the colours. I liked the layering. And I liked what she did with the embellishments. (Apparently they were constructed from Plexi and sequins.) But after a while, it just all started to feel repetitive and more than a little odd. The shoes were interesting too, and i'm sure they'll be a big hit, but maybe i'll prefer the collection more when isolated and edited in editorials and ad campaigns.
For Bottega Veneta's Fall 2012 collection, designer Tomas Maier was all about strict tailoring. Elegance, too. It wasn't a very fussy collection; in fact, a few looks were on the minimal side. But more often than not, it was a winning one.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
With colours and palettes more suited for Spring, I have to admit I wasn't as enthusiastic about this Dries Van Noten collection like I have been by so many from past seasons. That's not to say this wasn't a good collection, though.
Silhouettes were streamlined, and jackets and coats... Oh, the jackets and coats! All very lovely, and in true Dries Van Noten style- tailored and very chic. Parkas were adorned with fur, while skirts and dresses were in kaleidoscope of possibly every colour imaginable. All, in all, it was a fresh and very modern collection.