Monthly Archives: January 2011

Fall 11: Peas In A Pod

A classic returns. The pea coat is spotted as a key outerwear style for Fall 11. Been there, done that? Try it in plaid!

Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Burberry



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Ermenegildo Zegna’s 3-D Fashion Show

Fashion has had its moments of 3D in the past (heck there’s also been 4-D), however up until now no one worked with James Lima (you know, of Avatar fame) on a fashion show. Although they say it’s the first 3-D fashion show, I believe Burberry had that title in February 10. NEVERTHELESS, the effect at Zegna looked pretty interesting.. as in I’m sure no model has ever appeared to have walked from the Great Wall of China onto a runway. The China connection was a celebration of Zegna’s 20th year of business in China. While the reference wasn’t reflected in excess on the surface, silky shirts, uniform jackets and utility belts nodded modestly to the Chinese Revolution.

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Fall 11: Neck In Neck

With a handful of the Milan menswear shows in, the turtleneck sweater quickly rises to the top. While the majority of styles don’t sway too far from ordinary, I love the doubled-up effect at Jil Sander, which was a nice way of injecting all that color.

Costume National, Dolce & Gabbana, Costume National

Jil Sander, Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli


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Fall 11: Men In Velvet

Last Fall, luxury brands took on the velvet pant. This time around, the velvet suit makes a strong statement at Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana. Velvet blazers are also likely to show up and make a larger dent at retail.

Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli

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Fall 11: Toggle Time

Although it seems that we just weathered (pun intended) Winter assortments full of toggles, the favored detail comes back on the Milan runways on outerwear and sweaters. The most exciting application comes from Burberry on a puffer coat.


Roberto Cavalli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ermenegildo Zegna

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Marbleing at Liberty F11

Eeeeee, it’s here! The Fall 11 menswear shows kick off tomorrow in Milan, although we’ve been at Pitto Uomo in Florence all week long.

Here, a glimpse of Liberty of London’s Fall 11 collection shown in London, which features a Middle Eastern reference by way of dropped crotch pants (more commercial than last season’s dhoti’s) and beautiful marbleized prints.

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When Body Surface Triumphs Over Fashion

This week, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times wrote an excellent article that addressed “a feeling that you are on multiple channels and not understanding anything clearly, as a condition of modern life.” The article quotes fashion photographer Daniel Sannwald on many accounts, who claims that fashion has nothing to say right now, and Cathy connects that with our re-visit of sexuality and gender crossovers in fashion editorials and ads.

In the article, Nicola Formichetti, new creative director for Thierry Mugler (and Lady Gaga stylist), called Rick Genest, a guy he found on Facebook and is tattooed as a skeleton, his muse. “Rico,” as he is known, will be modeling in Formichetti’s first collection for Thierry Mugler on January 19th.


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