Searching for the perfect dress – Fall 2011 trends
As a woman, you know that there’s no garment more feminine than the dress. A dress can be worn at any moment of the day, at any occasion, it is comfortable to be in and it shows your best traits. In order to accomplish this, a dress must suit you perfectly. Which makes us spend so much time on actually finding that perfect dress.
There are some dresses that will be with you all your life and never be out of fashion. There are some dresses that you inherited from your mother or grandmother and plan on giving them forward to your daughter. There are some dresses with timeless design, and there are some dresses brought along by the new fashion season and which instantly become must haves. Today we’re going to dream of the runway again, and see which dresses are the best for this season.
Let’s start with the brightly colored dresses, because they’re still fresh in our minds from spring-summer. Blumarine”s fall collection is full of color, and their dresses remind us deeply of the 60s – A-line, monochrome, with no cleavage and worn with matching flat knee-length boots. Actually, the looks are matching from head to toe: dress, boots, purse and cuff bracelets. The models wear their hair very 60s like. Victoria Beckham is also a fan of color, as you can see in the vermilion V-neck dress above. A retro influence is also found at Mulberry – long sleeved, buttoned up and with a collar, very decent in length, but in such a cute, fun color like teal. Matching heels, bag and belt can also be found at Mulberry. Is matching everything back in fashion?
Still in a colorful tone, but this time with less matching pieces than before, come the print dresses. Astonishing prints from the part of Akris (cityscape) and Jill Stuart (owls and graphics). Stripes are placed in V shape and worn in a wide variety of color at Albino. And we found a special maxi dress at L.A.M.B, all in warm colors, which makes us think of exotic locations and summer rather than autumn. More abstract prints in many colors were seen at Proenza Schouler, Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta and Etro. Pick your favorite!
Some designers would rather go with classic colors, like earth tones. It’s the case of Vera Wang and Victoria Beckham, both of which used brown and khakis for their beautiful dresses. While Victoria’s are more structured, Vera’s are flowy and they have a vintage feel.
And speaking of flowy, we’ve got some ethereal pieces to share. Nina Ricci’s use of pastels and gorgeous fabrics send us to a fashion dreamland. The gowns created by Vera Wang and Roberto Cavalli are definite red carpet appearances , they are dresses that move with you, dresses that make you feel like a queen.
More vintage inspiration in the cute knee length dresses pictured above. Mulberry goes with a day ensemble – print dress with a trench coat, knee socks and booties. Bottega Veneta suggests something more pretentious, like a cocktail dress, with gold inserts and transparency. Carven is all about lace – we love the navy long sleeve dress with a tulip skirt, especially appropriate for young women. A chic ensemble comes from Burberry Prorsum, in classic black and white, with a pencil dress and a small cut-out at the bust.
Maxi dresses are still in, but rather for evening than for everyday wear. Carven and L.A.M.B bring black dresses with a twist, while Cavalli keeps it glamorous. Chanel also chose maxi length for this interesting two colored dress, with wide shoulders and a feathered bottom.
When it comes to minimalism, Chanel wins this season. Black dresses with few details and minimal use of accessories are what Karl Lagerfeld had in mind for fall. The same idea seems to catch on at Adam and Isabel Marant, who use grays and blacks, without prints or accessories.
Some sexy dresses – because you might need one from time to time – on the runway this season play around with black and its interpretations. We find leather at Adam and Bottega Veneta, see-through lace at Ann Demeulmeester and Fendi, the corset at Albino. Fendi sees the mini as sexy, while Bottega Veneta or Adam don’t show too much skin and go with mystery. A good compromise is probably the Albino dress – maxi length with a slit on the side.