Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pre-Fall Review: Get To Know...(Part 2)

Some more awesome designers you should get acquainted with.

Mulberry (designed by Emma Hill)

Models (clockwise from top left): Camilla Babbington & Ella Kandyba

This was the first Pre-Fall collection for Mulberry, and inspiration for this collection was drawn from the English countryside. The colour palette of course was based around the earthy and the neutral, with occasional pops of intense green. The usual tweeds, checks and knife pleats were present but made modern by adding oversized buttons and sequins. Another feature that stood out were the large pockets. Most of the looks seemed fitting for the office and there was a lot to mix and match. This outing had a clear message, 'We can compete with that other British heritage brand'. I think they mean Burberry.
Elie Tahari (designed by Elie Tahari)

 Model:  Jandra Dziaugyte

 Tahari has decided to change tracks, at least for a season. The label recognized mainly for its corporate clothing is now moving into the realm of eveningwear. This collection was all about elaborate details, but everyday basics weren't all forgotten, just vamped up. The standout piece for me was a lace trimmed leather LBD. Lace and leather? Why aren't more people doing this!

J. Mendel (designed by Gilles Mendel)

Model: Lisanne De Jong

 "It's the sensibility of Spring, but with more tailoring". For the audience, this meant weightless floor-skimming gowns paired with structured outerwear. Cashmere coats came in black and camel, and were lined with lamb skin. The dresses on the other hand were made from fine mousseline, chiffon and organza, sometimes reminiscent of the costumes from the movie Black Swan. The word beautiful would be deemed an understatement. A seamless continuation from the Spring collection.

No. 21 (designed by Alessandro Dell'Acqua)

Model: Marique Schimmel

 Alessandro Dell'Aqua has had to leave behind his once glorified past and start afresh, hence the new label named after his birthdate in December. And with a new label comes a new concept. More daywear and more knits, in other words more casual, less cocktail, even though we still saw glimpses of seductive eveningwear in the collection, which his old fans will love. Dell'Aqua's new silhouettes might appeal to a wider audience...the androgynous, the teenager, the 30 something mothers. In any case, the new brand is sure to create revenue for this fashion industry veteran.

I hope you learned something new today. Feel free to comment for more info or to make suggestions!

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