That's all folks! Fashion MONTH S/S '11 is over now, with the close of the last show in Paris last night. But enough of analysing the collections themselves. What meanings are the designers giving out about themselves by their choice of finale outfits? Lets find out . . .
The Women in Black
Here we present, Alberta Ferretti, Amanda Wakeley, Hannah Marshall, Nathalie Rykiel and Donatella Versace all in black. Have they chosen it for its flattering properties? Or because it's a surefire defence against sweat marks from running around backstage? Apart from Hannah M, who clearly practices what she preaches, all the other ladies are associated with either beautiful glittery eveningwear or, in Rykiel's case, bright colourful knits and day wear. Just not for work, though maybe.
The Classic White Shirt 'n' Jeans Combo
Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana have made a crisp white shirt with jeans their end-of-show trademark, but obviously some other designers - Antonio Berardi, Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, Jack Mccollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler have decided to follow this winning formula. They are all saying 'I take my work very seriously. I have no time to try on 20 different outfits for my own finale'.
The Designers Who Could Be Mistaken For The Last Model!
Now, would it be too unkind to try and name people that go through enough pre-show buffing and polishing to try and compete with the models ? BUT! How could you tell Erin Fetherston apart from her cast? Not a hair out of place, beautifully bare legs and even a model walk (well, it was her previous career) Likewise Roksanda Ilincic, looking perfect in one of her own gowns and, a special mention goes out to Henry Holland whose razor-sharp cheekbones and teenage-model-off-duty outfit could see him getting away with modelling clothes as well as creating them.
The Tasteful Tailors
Now, we're not sure if we are being UNFORGIVABLY literal here, but there's got to be something good about designers who, although they are not models, wear their own designs and do them justice. Three cheers for Miuccia Prada, Donna Karan and good ol' Diane Von Furstenberg for being their own best sales pitch. And banana earrings - they don't look so "bonkers" now, do they?
The Fashion 'Characters'
Now this is more like it, isn't it? These fashionistas; Jeremy Scott in denim chaps and errr FAIRY WINGS, Gwen Stefani of LAMB top-to-toe in an African print/batik extravaganza of her own label and Betsey Johnson CYCLING down to collect her applause (shorty before lying down on the catwalk) all take the sort of approach that we wholly approve of at Grazia Daily. We think this gang are so confident in themselves because they've based their business on their own personal style in the first place. And they LIVE for the applause!
Now, were you wrinkling your brow in angst, looking at the 'Characters' category and wondering, where is John Galliano? He invented the OTT runway lap of honour, didn't he? Well YES he did and that's why he gets a category to himself. Here he is at his own-label finale in full Dickensian garb and at Christian Dior bedecked in Naval regalia to co-ordinate with his collections. Bravo, John!
The Matching Pairs
Plenty of design houses are run by duos. Here are sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller of Twenty8Twelve in black and white ensembles so co-ordinated that their mom could have dressed them; PPQ's Percy Parker and Amy Molyneaux are also in monochrome (although we're awarding Percy extra points for his blue satin fez) and Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke in smart black with bright accessories. Twinnish stuff indeed.
But we want to know - who do you think are the best dressed designers from the S/S'11 catwalk shows? Tell us below!
- Naomi Attwood