Pre-Fall 2011: This Season’s Best Of The Best

January 25, 2011 • Fashion, Yahoo


Amanda Aldinger for Second City Style Magazine

I am a cold weather lady. In my personal hierarchy of seasons, I would live eternally in winter and fall, way-laying Spring, and forever bidding adieu to the blistering heat of summer. Thus, you can imagine my thrill at having my favorite sartorial season garner not just one, but two runway moments per year. Just weeks away from fall/winter fashion month’s kick-off in New York City, we’ve seen an outpouring of pre-fall collections from some of the industry’s most illustrious designers. Whetting our appetite for fall fashion, and providing us with just the eye candy we need in these mid-winter months, here are my picks for top pre-fall collections.

Lanvin. Hands down my favorite pre-fall collection. Shot in an asymmetrical wonderland, styled flawlessly with incredible statement-making jewelry, and accessorized with an assortment of wild animals, Alber Elbaz went all out in this insouciant pre-fall collection. Describing his inspiration for this elaborate display of design prowess, Elbaz says, “It’s about real women’s needs and desires…why save the best dishes for the guests?” A philosophy to live by, indeed.

Louis Vuitton. One of the standout elements in this group of pre-fall collections is the styling of their presentation. A tarty, very modern, confident collection, Louis Vuitton’s 2011 pre-fall looks evoke the spirit of the 1920s and ‘30s, set against the aged, Art Deco molding of the LVMH 57th Street Magic Room. Wide and long-legged pants are paired with chic tweeds and belted jackets. Fur-embellished outwear resounds in striking colors. Resplendent with exacting detail and bold patterning, this collection is a dream for the uber-chic woman on the go.

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