Pre-Fall round up 2011!

13 January 2011

After an initial flurry of shows back in December, the end of the hols has seen more than a few more Pre-Fall collections popping up like mushrooms. Gaining in significance each year, Pre Fall and Resort used to be the boring old commercial answers to the intriguing fashion questions posed in Spring Summer and Autumn Winter. Nowadays designers are either doing wearable in a lovely rather than bland way or coming up with amusing new themes that stand-alone from the main bi-annual collections. Enjoy . . . .

Stella McCartney offered up a frumpy-chic collection featuring sensible jumpers and elegant trousers in a a school uniform palette; black and beige, and camel and beige, a lotta navy looks and flashes of bottle green and wine red. It all looks warm, wearable and very cool.

Alexander Wang offered up a very utilitarian group of outfits that reminded us of carpenters and workmen. Mmm. Look at this suede waistcoat thing. There was also a lot of baggy stonewashed denim. The start of a comeback?

Balenciaga showed an interesting collection. After the severity of the masculine S/S ’11 with mohair jumpers, drainpipes and layers of jackets, the look was still tomboyish, but softened up with prettier, more feminine colours and a brilliant silhouette of trousers, tunics and short jackets and even an egg-shaped coat or two!

Chloe, by Hannah McGibbon showed one of the nicest collections of the mini season, with an instant ‘I want that’ factor. An unreconstructed ‘Seventies mum’ theme with long patterned skirts and blouses over knee length boots, flattering trousers and gorgeous autumnal coats which would transport you straight to felling like a protagonist in one of Woody Allen’s ‘70’s oeuvres. Delish.

- Naomi Attwood


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