Prabal Gurung’s F/W 2011 collection showed that he is not afraid to push the boundaries of his own design aesthetic. The collection had an “undone” quality but still was red carpet worthy. There was a multitude of midi lengths and rigorous fits that kept well with the “undone” quality of the collection. Degrade furs were echoed by the colored streaks in the models hair and off-shoulder sheath dresses were shown between floor length bias cut chiffon gowns. The collection proved that Prabal Gurung has been able, thus far, to successfully push his design margins.
Alexander Wang’s sexy, cool, tough girl attitude that has built his brand, was returned to the runway this season with a heightened sense of luxury. Smart split-up-the-side navy knits were paired with glitter drainpipe jeans. There was also unique cocoon like outwear that was original, but still wearable. The aim of Wang’s collection was to evolve his voice from his signature of slouch and jersey, found in his lower-priced pieces. He accomplished this with hand knitted chunky knits, needle punched appliqué, and the use of finer fabrics, such as silk. Wang also experimented with hybrids of more standard designs, like a blazer turned fur coat and a tuxedo jacked with puffer sleeves.