Thursday, November 3, 2011

Trends: White for Spring is Groundbreaking

Chanel, Givenchy, Celine and Louis Vuitton, all from the recent Spring/Summer 2012 collections.
For their spring collections, most designers choose to focus on unconventional ideas, such as strange fabrics and dark moods. No one exactly focus on colours, one of the most important aspects in fashion, until the colour-blocking trend slaps us in the face during the Fall 2011 runway shows. Although there are hints of bright colours lingering around, white is suddenly the it colour again. 
However, each label combine the colour with new silhouettes and ethereal fabrics. It's not like they use wool or anything in the other spring/summer collections, but you can almost see the lightness in the way the fabric drapes.  At Céline, Phoebe Philo cleverly combined militarism with the proportions of women, making the collection wearable, as usual. There's a lot of shirt dresses, almost like shoulder-pads but not exactly, cropped trousers and pleated skirts. The accessories are understated, but flows perfectly with the theme of the Céline brand and the show. White dominated the colour palette of the collection; most outfits are put together with black suede platforms and wide belts. This is one of my favourite shows from Céline: unlike the  Spring 2010, or the Spring 2011 collections, the clothing are less structured and formal. Did I mention how much I love the contrast of the dresses and accessories?
Speaking of which: Givenchy. I'm not a bragger(just a shameless one) but I correctly predicted the rise of undersea-inspired collections, which first appeared at Marc Jacobs Fall 2011! The looks are tailored and dressy, and has an air of Givenchy when it's still designed by Hubert de Givenchy. Riccardo Tisci used a brilliant but simple palette of seashell-pink, white and black, which works very well with the combination of jackets, tight leggings and button-ups. The dresses, on the otherhand, resemble the silhouettes that are usually related to mermaids and other sea creatures. The fabrics consist of mostly meticulous lace and chiffon, along with the occasional netting. Even though the style of this collection is very different one the direction of Fall 2011, full of delicate tops that might remind you of Victorian style. Bonus: Natalia Vodianova opened the show, while Gisele Bündchen closed. Are supermodel status from the 90's finally coming back?
At Chanel, overall the collection is good: the style is very Chanel but not really. The colour palette consist of mostly white, copper and pastel colours. Ironic enough, Chanel's Fall/Winter 2011 collection is full of dark hues. Like Givenchy, it also takes inspiration from the undersea world(not in the typical, The Little Mermaid vibe. I have nothing against The Little Mermaid, besides it's oversexualized), but in a more feminine and sophisticated direction, with suits and shift evening dresses. The pearls, used as necklaces and belts, also remind me a lot of Coco Chanel's perfect mix between tomboyish and girly: you can still be kick-ass while being a lady. Otherwise, the swimsuits are similar to the ones in the past collections with a daring cut, and covered up in this weird, funny-looking plastic jackets(first Marc Jacobs, now Chanel! Plastics are coming back in fashion!?!) Lagerfeld used the usual fabrics the Chanel house is known for: layers of textured organza, tweed and knits with a twist: all of them has this quality of lightness to them. Florence Welch also performed, but honestly? Lungs totally kicks Ceremonials' ass.
According to my mom, who worked as a salesperson(woman?) at Lane Crowford, this Louis Vuitton collection is very 60, Mod-inspired. I agree, except some of the dresses imitate the style of the flappers(in the 1920's) Love how they station the runway with a carousel of horses and had these funny, nostalgic music. While looking at the collections, I just think of proms, fairy tales with happy endings, unicorns and china dolls. I think of unicorns all the time, so it's not a surprise, but I'm surprised by the amount of happy thoughts this collections created. According to Marc Jacobs, "After the hardness of Fall, we wanted something gentle and kind, fragile but strong, too." The use of eyelet laces, organza layers(again!) and exaggerated collars are very feminine, without being vomit-pink feminine. After looking at this collections, I won't be surprise if Marc Jacobs is going to Dior, although I prefer him at Louis Vuitton, because his strokes of sudden inspirations is different from the usual style of Dior(but after the recent fiasco of collections, I don't know what to expect from Dior anymore. Just rehire Galliano! But Dior is too arrogant to do so) 

What do you think about the white-on-white trend and these collections? Thoughts and comments?

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  1. Did Florence perform at Louis Vuitton? I had not heard of that before! Not sure about Galliano's rehire, that would damage Dior's pride so much the company may not recover. The white is boring me a little - to me white and cream together just looks gross.

    By the way, what did you think of the latest Preen collection? I found it terribly styled but separately the pieces were good.

  2. a great post
    i dont know about wearing white in the winter... these days UK has the most muddy winters and it killed me when i saw my beautiful white jumper turn brown when it fell out of my bag.

  3. white on white is such a beautiful trend!


  4. @Splendorous One: Thanks for the tip, I just spotted my mistake! Florence performed at Chanel not Louis Vuitton! Agree, Dior is never going to rehire Galliano. Well, white could be boring sometimes in uninteresting silhouettes, but the Commes de Garçon collection takes my breath away.

    Well, the Preen collection is... egh. There's too much ideas incorporated into one collection. I agree that the styling is terrible, since some pieces are quite decent.

    @Jen Umm: Thank you! Well, white is quite terrible to wear in winter, but this is a spring trend. I hate it when any of my white clothing turn into that gross shade of whitish-grey, and UK does have horrible winters.

    @Sara: Agree, good for spring!

  5. You disliked Preen? THANK YOU! I can't see how so many people loved it. It looked as if the stylist was dunk.

  6. Really great blog post! Your candidness is impressive!

  7. @Splendorous One: I guess people like it so much because of it's crisp tailoring or colours, otherwise just no. The stylist's probably procrastinating until the last minute and screwed things up. I mean, what's up with this?

    @White List: Thank you!

  8. I saw that review. Vogue doesn't really, well, review things. It just compliments every single show for positive press. I still love Vogue though.

  9. @Splendorous One: Well, I'm talking about that picture. Vogue doesn't really review things, otherwise it won't get any ads. Who does love Vogue?

    By the way, do you have Twitter or Facebook, so it's easier to talk with you?

  10. Hi Marcia,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
    I especially like this post of yours with all the white dresses and things. It reminds me of the collection I'm working on, but the smoothness of the fabric gives it an entirely different feel..