The ABC’s Of European Daytime Dressing For Fall 2011

March 29, 2011 • Male Box, Yahoo


Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine

My main function at Second City Style is to provide a man’s perspective on women’s fashion. That said, I must admit that sometimes I tend to focus on cocktail/evening AND on men who design for women. For this installment, I have decided to focus on women who design for women. For those of you who may not know who is behind some of the world’s most recognized brands who show in Milan and Paris, here is my primer on Fall/Winter 2011.

A is for Alberta Ferretti whose red carpet looks on young Hollywood have met with mixed reviews in recent years. What my fellow fashion arbiters all agree on is that her vision for women during the daytime is spectacular. For Fall/Winter 2011, she presented bright colors and organic color blocking during her show in Milan. Whether you choose the slim pants under a matching tunic or a shift dress over color coordinated thigh high boots, the look is both “long and lean” and “flirty and feminine”.

In Paris, A is for Anne Demeulemeester (I know – technically she might actually be a B for Belgian). You may recall that actress Molly Ringwald was the unofficial brand ambassador for this avant garde label in her post-Pretty in Pink years. Demeulemeester drew inspiration this season from nature, going so far as to cast jewelry from the feet of birds from her own backyard. Not for the faint of heart, this all black collection is for the woman who likes corsets and a little goat fur in her daytime look.

B is for Blumarine by another A, Anna Molinari, who draws inspiration each season from nature, be it animal prints or a marine color palette. This season in Milan, she took a decidedly sharp turn through the basics of fashion design, presenting 20 or so monochrome looks that brought focus to the tailored silhouettes and her attention to detail. Half way through her show, she took another sharp turn through vivid color land, presenting 60s inspired silhouettes in blue, yellow, purple, and my favorite, orange.

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