Frank Tell / Spring 2011 / New York Fashion Week
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And that’s exactly how Frank Tell saw
it this season. Known for his use of embossed leathers and hand-knit
mohair concoctions, Tell didn’t stray far from house favorites for his
Spring 2011 showing. Even the setting looked a little deja-vu, with its
fluoro-lit backdrop. But that’s how his audience likes it most: funky,
familiar, and oh-so-Frank.
Inspired by the Spanish moss growing on the walls of the Quai Branly
Museum in Paris, the collection carried with it a super-futurism much
the same as last season. Shoes, commissioned to Raphael Young,
contained similar elements to Tell’s Fall ’10 space-aged wedges, but
this time they were covered in ultra-taut spandex.
A palette of white, black, silver, navy, and mint green, eased Tell
into exploring muter tones. This run around also had Tell facing
funkier fabrics: bamboo, paper, grass, sea island cotton, and
double-faced satins. The silhouette also morphed away from Fall; where
Tell’s last collection brimmed with skirts, stockings, and baggy
bottoms, Spring’s legs were cropped and a bit more flared. Leather
blazers were a tad tighter and knits were cut high in the front and drooped
low in the back. The hair no longer was parted and slicked backward,
but, fluffy and high like the Bride of Frankenstein.
While the changes in Tell’s latest collection may be slight to the
editor’s eye, it’s his permanent pieces that get his fanbase swooning.
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