New York Fashion Week Fall ’12. Douglas Hannant Goes Gentry.

February 15, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: In talking with Douglas Hannant before his AW12 show at the New York Public Library (right next door to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) he explained that “the inspiration is ‘Gentry.’ It has an English country/English manner feel to it. The muse is Wallace Simpson, so it has this very aristocratic English attitude.” Infused with elegance, Hannant describes this collection as looks that are “modern classics. Not classics in the way that you always know a classic, but in a way that there’s something different, that it’s redefined. I believe clothes should be timeless and ageless and clothes should last forever, that’s why I use the term modern classics.”

Although his dresses are very pretty and lady-like, where Hannant really shines is in the outerwear. A forest green mohair jacket makes a gorgeous statement with a knotted bow around the neck that extends in a dramatic diagonal. A camel mohair clutch coat features an exaggerated shawl lapel  that makes a striking impact. Colorblocking, feathery prints and an oversized approach to houndstooth pepper the collection with a rich visual texture. “Texture has always been very important to me,” the designer noted.

Hannant knows his client well; she is a  “connoisseur of clothing.” And for her he has designed a series of looks fit for any stylish aristocrat, with many gems for Fall.

Colors: Grey, black, charcoal, heather, white, cobalt, greige, espresso, teal, tomato, camel, raspberry, forest green, purple, emerald, tan, eggplant, silver, fuchsia, paprika.

Fabrics and Textures: Plaid, wrapped, cable knitting, jersey, leather, cashmere, flannel, tweed, wool crepe, houndstooth, leopard, lace, suede, fox, ruching, georgette, mohair, embroidery, organza, faux fur, charmeuse, chiffon, alligator, lacquered thread, beading, velvet, moire, jacquard, shantung, taffeta.

Key Looks: Forest green mohair jacket over brown leather skirt; Silver moire flared strapless cocktail dress; Eggplant wool crepe dress with leather back strap.

–Amanda Aldinger

Photos: NYmag

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