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Charm. Audacity. Romance. Bravado.
This story first appeared in the November 14, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
At its best, fashion is all of the above and more. It’s the essential seasonal carousel of trends. It’s the emergence of bold new voices and the ongoing creative brilliance of an elite few ath the pinnacle of power. It’s the acknowledgement of what the core customer wants while urging her forward. All of which fuels this wonderfully intense and complicated business. Here, a portfolio of what’s making fashion fabulous for spring.
Fashion is… CHARM: From Proenza Schouler to Prada, designers added charming prints and silhouettes to their collections this season.
Fashion is… THE NEW CHIC: Modern twists on classic pieces dominated the runways at Chanel, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten and more.
Fashion is… BRAVADO: Designers like Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga and Rick Owens constantly dare to push the limits of fashion.
Fashion is… GENTLE: A tender moment on the runway at Giorgio Armani.
Fashion is… WHIMSY: A merry-go-round on set added a touch of whimsy to the Louis Vuitton spring show.
Fashion is… THE X-tra FACTOR: A handbag in a complementary print at Marni or just the right fedora at Christian Dior, the best designers know great fashion is all about the etc…
Fashion is… ROMANCE: A romantic theme came as no surprise in some spring collections, such as Rodarte or Valentino.
Fashion is… MUSCULAR: Designers like Tory Burch and Victoria Beckham took a sporty turn this season.
Fashion is… FOR THE BIRDS: Birds of a feather design together. The winged prints at Carolina Herrera and Kenzo were nothing short of an ornithologist’s dream.