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Prada Spring 2011 Collection Review: Odd Silhouettes and Monkeys

Prada Spring 2011 Collection Review: Odd Silhouettes and Monkeys

Miuccia Prada declared, "I'm tired of minimalism", right before her show. I see how she might feel this way after seeing how NY Fashion Week went. But from there to go and dress women in unattractive scrubs-like minimal silhouettes in technicolor and Darwinist prints is a far cry from what I'd expect Prada's resolution to the problem could have been.

If Prada's Fall 2010 collection was filled with flattering hourglass silhouettes (influenced by The New Look, but not to the ridiculous extent of Louis Vuitton), for next spring Prada tried to re-interpret these in a more minimal shape and form. With a Carmen Miranda twist.

The first few were simple in shape and bold color looks. Was it hourglass? Yes, but I ...

Gucci Spring 2011 Collection Review: Lux Color

Gucci Spring 2011 Collection Review: Lux Color

I probably should apologize right away. I'm going to use the word luxurious in it's every derivative in this review. I should be better with words seeing how I'm the writer, but luxury sums up the new Gucci Spring 2011 collection so well.

Frida Giannini is proud of being commercially viable. Last month, she told W magazine, "I don't think that being innovative means making only strange or weird things that you would never see in the street." To people who deem her too commercial she says, "If commercial means that you can save jobs, I am more than happy to be commercial."

Perhaps it takes that kind of unpretentious attitude to create such a strong, feminine and luxurious collection ...

Rad Hourani + ALDO Collaboration Is Androgynous Heaven

Rad Hourani + ALDO Collaboration Is Androgynous Heaven

Rad Hourani, who has just sent his Spring 2011 collection down the New York Fashion Week runway, has collaboration on three shoe styles with ALDO. These are also the shoes the models were wearing in his show. The shoes are unisex and very limited addition - only 200 are available. You can pre-order them on Hourani's website.

Richard Nicoll Spring 2011 Collection Review: Monochrome Heaven

Richard Nicoll Spring 2011 Collection Review: Monochrome Heaven

I think I've died and went to monochrome heaven; with 70's pleats. I feel almost ashamed for using this expression after Rachel Zoe pretty much trivialized death by fashion design, but it might as well be true.

Half year ago, Richard Nicholl unapologetically introduced menswear chic into the current Fall 2010 season, when everyone around him seem to go mad for Dior's New Look. He carried on this silhouette into Resort 2011 and now, for Spring 2011, he kept the idea, but took it up a few notches.

For Spring 2011, Richard Nicholl based the collection on David Bowie's Thin White Duke persona from the 70's. He took Bowie's impeccable cabaret-style menswear look, but completely transformed it and softened it up with ...

Mark Fast Spring 2011 Collection Review: Tale of fringe and tarts

Mark Fast Spring 2011 Collection Review: Tale of fringe and tarts

It seems that the novelty of using plus-size models has passed. For the last couple of seasons Mark Fast was distracting critiques from his clothes by using plus-size models, thus so far most reviews of his collections were lauding his rebellion against fashion world's size-ism, throwing a good word or two about the clothes for good measure.

Now that this too has passed and Fast's Spring 2011 collection was trotted down the runway by, shall I say rather ordinary in size, models, we can all ask ourselves, who is the woman Mark Fast designs for? Is she even a woman? Perhaps she's just a lost girl, looking for the next shocking night-out-on-the-town outfit.

Mark Fast's technique is not under fire here. He ...

Orla Kiely’s Spring 2011 Presentation

Orla Kiely’s Spring 2011 Presentation

While everyone and their sister laud the return of minimalism and 70's (just wait till I get there!), during Orla Kiely's London Fashion Week presentation last week, it was clear that Kiely isn't having any of that. Kiely stayed true to herself and gave us a playful, warm 60's collection. The official lookbook isn't out yet, but the London blogger Carrie took some really awesome photos of the presentation, letting the vibe of the collection shine through.

It's pretty surreal to lust after spring clothes already. What I really should be doing is wonder where I put my quilted Theory coat, but I'm absolutely in love with that camel polka dot dress. I need to come up with a look combining ...

A Nordic Experience At The Nordic:NY Spring 2011 Show

A Nordic Experience At The Nordic:NY Spring 2011 Show

Remember that Nordic:New York dinner I told you about a few days ago? Well, on Tuesday came the show itself - the Nordic:New York Spring 2011 group show, showcasing the talents of one New Yorker (Lialia) and three Scandinavian designers (Royal Extreme, Tiia Vanhatapio, Islaet).

Details and photos after the jump!

Backstage at IVANAhelsinki Spring 2011 Runway Show

Backstage at IVANAhelsinki Spring 2011 Runway Show

While making my way through the horrible weather last night and the herds of people waiting at the backstage entrance, hoping to catch a glimpse of someone famous, all I could think of are Paola Suhonen's summer-y cotton shift dresses.

More details and gallery after the jump!

Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Collection Review

Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 Collection Review

"Where did all the crazy shoes go?", was the first thought that popped into my mind while browsing through the Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 collection photos. Mid-heel pumps and sensible flats; the previous seasons' heavily designed bulky platforms are gone! I suddenly felt self-conscious in my beloved sky high Jeffrey Campbell booties.

"Never mind that!", I thought then, looking at the soft colors, tweeds and boxy, Chanel like, silhouettes. What happened to the sporty, über cool Proenza Schouler girl. Did she grow up? Mid-show, when the longer, darker silhouettes with buttoned-up blouses and slouchy wide-leg pants came, "No", I thought. She is just trying something new. Slowly came the neon colors and the lace dresses, really livening up the party. I ...

Hervé Léger By Max Azria Spring 2011 Review: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Hervé Léger By Max Azria Spring 2011 Review: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The word "overworked" comes to mind when looking at Lubov's and Max Azria's new Hervé Léger Spring 2011 collection. Back in 2007, when Azria relaunched the Hervé Léger brand, he did so to a rave success. I too fell inlove with the simple silhouette of the sexy, playful and flattering bandage dress. But those days are long gone. WWD asked, "How many ways can one reinvent the bandage dress?". To that I say, not a lot, WWD, not a lot.

This season Azria introduced lingerie elements into the collection. But besides the minimal brassiere and briefs look (top image), the rest looked like dated not-sexy-in-any-way girdlewear (did I just make up a word?). The rubber lace played very well into ...