TOP 5 READY-TO-WEAR TRENDS – FALL/WINTER 2011Posted: 07/05/2011
Fall 2011/2012 seems to be a very dramatic, luxurious yet practical season as designers are going very strong with the idea of protecting yourself against the harsh weather, but yet very fashionably, either with masculine silhouettes, hard textures, layers or simply, labels!
With Andrej Pejic being the new hot face in fashion that everyone wants; Burberry running seriously androgynous ad campaigns after an ‘Agyness Deyn’ phase; and Dolce & Gabbana showcasing an entire collection with women dressed like men, androgyny indeed seems to be the most significant trend this season! When Andrej walked for Jean-Paul Gaultier haute couture & menswear in Paris last September, and then featured in several ad campaigns & editorials for top brands and publications that include Marc by Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vogue Paris & Vogue Turkey, I instantly started picking up on a trend that was definitely going to be the next big thing in fashion; which it now is – Androgyny.
Apart from androgynous models cascading the industry with talent, opportunity and originality, designers have started looking at menswear & masculinity for inspiration. Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for Chanel Fall 2011 was one particular show to set this trend in Paris. The collection carried an array of lose-fitting jackets and trousers; hard, manipulated tweeds and knits; suits and capes; manly shoes and strong, masculine silhouettes to add to that! Dolce & Gabbana set the same trend in Milan with a grungy elegance. Right from the hats, sunglasses and shoes to the suits, trousers and loose, masculine silhouettes, Dolce & Gabbana had androgyny written all over and at moments, it literally felt like a menswear show!
Though I personally don’t follow fashion trends because I believe in individual, directional style, being androgynous myself, this trend definitely tops my list for fall 2011/2012!
2. FETISH CHIC
The second trend that seems to have exploded, especially in Paris & london, is this obsessive combination of fashion and fetishism. Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton had Kate Moss smoke on the runway, which complimented the latex usage and uniform hats brilliantly, taking the fetish element to another level. Lady Gaga walked for Thierry Mugler in his extremely avant-garde, tastefully fetish creations. Hints of leather, patent leather, latex, straps and other fetish motifs could be seen at Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, & Jean-Paul Gaultier; and I absolutely love how Giles made his fetish-inspired collection absolutely simple, classy and wearable!
3. AUTUMNAL COLOUR BLOCKING
Autumn is usually associated with a darker, warmer colour palette but it looks like the S/S 2011 trend has found hints of itself gorgeously blended into fall 2011. Turquoise blue, coral-red, mint green and yellow seem to be the most significant colour pops of the season. Gucci’s 70’s-inspired collection absolutely stole the spot light once again, with colour pops combined brilliantly with textured layers and a modern, tasteful, classy finish. Christopher Bailey seems to be doing wonders for Burberry and after McQueen and Galliano, he definitely is one of my new-found top favourites who designs edgy, stylish, directional ready-to-wear that is better than wearable! Burberry Prorsum Fall 2011’s crayola colour palette is not only eye-catching, but elegant and appealing at the same time! Other designers that showed a significant amount of colour pops in their collections include Alberta Ferretti and Jonathan Saunders, and Michael Kors, for the hints here and there!
4. THE ROAD TO ROYALTY
Whether inspired by revolutions, crinolines or crusaders, royalty can take many different forms as long as you feel on top of the world and look like a million bucks as end result. Various collections this season seem to be inspired by revolutions and appealing eras from the past. Some leave you staring in awe, while the others make you wonder what’s going on. Regardless, designers have their own way of expressing art, their emotions and what they feel strongly about; and with the royal wedding having taken place some time after fashion week, royalty definitely affected fashion trends! Yves Saint Laurent blew me away with its rich, sophisticated outlook while Manish Arora added in the cultural drama and Alexander McQueen still continued with innovative, directional, magnificent signatures!
5. TEXTURE EXAGGERATION
At last but not the least, this season seems to be giving out a very strong textural vibe. Whether you layer it, accessorize it or wear as a one-piece textile-oriented creations, texture seems to be a ruling trend in all four cities, as fall equals to volume, drama, and diva. Fashion houses like Emilio Pucci that specialise in textiles came out with some amazing, fashion forward pieces. Louis Vuitton did absolutely everything it could and other significant textile trends could be seen at Chanel, Fendi, Prada and Christopher Kane. Whether its fake fur, sequins, tweed, leather, plastic or wool, it’s all in and it’s happening this season!
So that was about it for my top 5 trend picks for fall 2011/2012. Fashion is a rapidly changing industry and just because trends constantly reset, doesn’t mean you have to keep changing your wardrobe. I personally don’t follow fashion trends because I believe in original, directional and statement-making style, but trends definitely tell you what’s in and out, give you an idea on how much you can experiment and what you can look for while you’re shopping!
Have a lovely, warm and fashionable winter! 😉 X
All images (2011) [online images]. Available from <http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2011> [Accessed: 07.05.2011]