December 3, 2011
by fashion pulse contributor
Club Monaco Lizzy Leather and Chain Necklace, Olivia Frame Clutch, Callie Ring
Cassie Top, Adela Skirt, Lizzy Leather and Chain Necklace, Martha Mixed Metal Bracelets, Leslie Leather Stud Bracelet, Bonnie Bracelet
Paige Quilted Jacket, Sarah Tee, Vaughn Skirt
Anita Capelet, Whitney Textured Cuff, Ginger Textured Cuff, Cara Satchel
Sasha Top, Daria Skirt, Bonnie Bracelets, Tiffany Woven Tube Bracelet
Starting up north with the chillier lifestyle and working its way down to the cloudless, sunlit beaches, Club Monaco used the “California Coast” as its main inspiration for Spring 2012.
The January collection highlights layering as the pieces you buy and wear now will transition seamlessly into spring. Northern California is displayed in the natural color palette of “warm rock grays, fresh spring taupes and wood browns.” The quilting certainly adds a sporty feel, executed in pale colors for vests and jackets. The feather weight mohair textured sweaters are simply stunning, ideal to be paired with a pencil skirt.
For February, find yourself lost in an industrial, yet nautical scene as you continue to head down the coastline. Breton striped skirts are rustic-feminine, while flared pants are paired with sleeveless moto jackets/.
Once March has arrived, you’ll land in SoCal amongst the boho-vintage crowd. Silk and gauzy cotton make the perfect peasant tunics and maxi skirts, but it’s the lace shirts and skirts that add true embellishment. Mixing hard with soft appears effortless with braided leather accessories and gold beaded jewelry.
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[Images via Style.com]
If you want pointers on how to have everything in a collection without going overboard, look to Tracy Reese. Fur, prints, mini and maxi skirts, accordion pleats, high-waisted trousers, sequins…every kind of girl can browse this collection and find a keeper for her closet. Like the black mini cocktail dress that starts with a sheer shimmer and ends in a fur skirt, or the accordion-pleated halter dress that’s both light and serious. If you’re going to do it all, this is the way to go.
[Images via Style.com]
Diesel Black Gold
A little bit of rock n’ roll, a little bit of military, and definitely not minimal, Diesel’s Black Gold Fall ’11 show displayed a pointed intent: to NOT do what everyone else was doing. Drawing on Diesel’s rich tradition of making casual clothing with an edge, designer Sophia Kokosalaki wanted to break from the season’s minimalism trend and stay true to her more-is-more clientele. This resulted in rich cable knits, asymmetrical silk skirts, lace-up denim, and fur-lapel coats for the guys — we’re happy Kokosalaki decided to do her own thing.
[Images via Kaci Hamilton]
When a designer known for her decadent fabrics opts to incorporate more casual choices like denim and leather, our interest is definitely piqued. Barbara Tfank has never been the designer to see about a pair of jeans or leather skinny pants, but for her fall 2011 collection, she added her signature opulence to these common denominators, and they’re barely recognizable. She transformed leather into a swishing off-the-shoulder dress, and as for her take on denim, they became all dressed up as a capelet and flared pants.
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