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style + fashion

the art of getting dressed.

pre-fall, 2011: a story, continued...

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

pre-fall 2011 has continued on over the past few weeks, giving us peeks into what is in store for the fashion world in february....and it's so far, it's be a total fashiongasm.

lanvin: alber is so charming, it's possible that i could love anything that he put his touch on.  lanvin is a true fashion line.  some of the cuts are bold, unconventional, and tough to wear...yet somehow they always come off sophisticated and playful, full of wit and a wry sense of humor.  even the lanvin x h&m line that hit stores for a hot second in november of 2010 was in this vein... not the easiest cuts to wear and definitely not for the timid (yet beautiful. i stood in line for 4 hours and got my hands on bags full of it!).  the pre-fall collection that mr. elbaz put out this week is no exception.  the palette is decidedly neutral, however the jade green cocktail dress (paired with the grey knit tights..genius) is a delightful and exciting touch of color.  again, in a nod to the 70's, i love the well tailored trousers with the subtle bow belt, but my absolute favorite is the embellished pencil skirt and frothy's perfect for day or night.  i'm imagining that skirt paired with a slouchy charcoal knit tank top, red heels, and a messy chignon.  perfectly chic, and perfectly lanvin.

louis vuitton: eek i'm torn here!  i love parts of this collection, and other parts..not so much.  the nod to the flapper 20's is genius.  the sequined dresses with a dropped hem, the feather bags, the velvet wedge shoes..all beautiful.  actually, i love all of the shoes...especially those thigh high boots!  hello, fierce.  i also love the fur cape...i have a major thing for capes.  however, i don't love the outrageously wide pants...i just don't see who could wear those, nor how anyone could wear them.  the abbreviated, belted trench coat is cute, but the pants ruin it for me. and look 9...i just don't see it.  maybe it's too far above me, but i'm lost in the massive volume of the pants.  i am not one to believe in practicality in fashion (seriously..i'm all for the most insane shoes and the most uncomfortable long as it looks chic), but i can't image trying to walk in those gigantic pants.  it just doesn't work for me.

thakoon: oooo, this is my favorite, no doubt!  first of all, i'm loving the shoes, especially in red.  so chic and add a really great splash of color to the fall greys and blacks.  this collection is HUGE from the small thakoon, but, luckily, it's full of wearable, mixable, easy pieces that i think are actually "pre-fall."  so many pre-fall collections are weighed down with wools and fur (designers get too excited for actual fall/winter), but this collection has a lightness too it that lends itself to being worn in the transition months.  the draping and tucking of the dresses and tops at the waist line is genius; universally flattering and interesting on all shapes.  the pants are nicely tailored, the dresses and skirts vary in length from conservative to mini, and the prints he used make a statement without shouting out loud.  i love the 3rd, 6th, and last look pictured here...especially the 3rd.  i can literally picture myself in that entire look, head to toe, and then being able to wear each part separately, mixed with various other pieces. thakoon continues to establish himself as the biggest up and coming name in new york fashion, and if he keeps up this kind of work, he'll be a worldwide juggernaut soon enough!

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