The 10 for S/S 2011
Smoke & Mirrors’ curated list of highlights from the S/S ’11 collections arriving in stores soon
Remember S/S ’11? Ha. You know? The season that will hit stores before you know it. Now is the perfect time to roll out my favorites from the Spring/Summer 2011 RTW collections because who really cares about Pre-Fall anyway? Winter just fucking started. Come on now! Think of this as a friendly reminder.
10. Peter Pilotto / Spring 2011 / London Fashion Week
Christopher De Vos and Peter Pilotto make the lightest, funkiest clothes on the planet. The cult line is no longer one to watch but one to follow.
9. Julian Louie / Spring 2011 / New York Fashion Week
Julian Louie knows exactly how to craft a pristine collection. No need for 30+ looks when you can get it right in ten. Tassels, ties, patchwork and paper-like folds make Louie’s latest outing his best yet. And those shoes… drool.
8. Theyskens’ Theory / Spring 2011 / New York Fashion Week
Practicality at its finest. My favorite silhouette of the season’s undoubtedly Olivier’s upfront shoulders and flared bottoms. And for a reasonable price? I’m sold.
7. Mary Katrantzou / Spring 2011 / London Fashion Week
Room with a view is an understatement. Book me one asap.
6. Christopher Kane / Spring 2011 / London Fashion Week
It was looking like a Spring whiteout… (as if we didn’t get enough snow this winter)… that is, until Kane joined the party. Call him neon gold.
5. Prada / Spring 2011 / Milan Fashion Week
For the first time in a long while, I am impressed by Miuccia’s play with Josephine Baker shapes and Wonka colors. Does this mean scrubs are now appropriate daywear?
4. Roberto Cavalli / Spring 2011 / Milan Fashion Week
I’m not ashamed to admit how fantastic Cavalli’s 40th anniversary show truly was. The detailing could kill even the most studied seamstress, the python could bankrupt a small village, and the sex appeal could turn a boy to a man. Do you see those lace-up bellbottoms? Done, done, and done.
3. Lanvin / Spring 2011 / Paris Fashion Week
As if Lanvin weren’t solid each and every season, Elbaz stuck to the script to much success.
2. Emilio Pucci / Spring 2011 / Milan Fashion Week
Peter Dundas surprises me every season. For a brand known for its hysterical LSD-induced prints, the Swedish designer has turned the 60’s line onto its head whilst keeping true to its boho-trip roots. We commend you.
1. Haider Ackermann / Spring 2011 / Paris Fashion Week
His best collection to date, one question remains: can the man do any wrong?
See last season’s picks here.