Above: Model images from Style.com. Missoni Spring 2011 RTW, Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 RTW. Thread Social Flutter Paneled Romper, Shopbop.com; Tibi Paisley Chiffon Long Dress, Shopbop.com; Etro Printed Silk Shorts, Net-a-Porter.com; Diane von Furstenburg Layland Embellished Camisole, Net-a-Porter.com; Wayuu Taya Foundation Susu Bag, Shopbop.com; Chan Luu Multicolored Beaded Bracelet, Shopbop.com; Missoni Large Zigzag Ballet Flats, Shopbop.com; Stella McCartney Citrus-Print Skirt, Net-a-Porter.com; Alexander McQueen Tiger-Print Scarf, Net-a-Porter.com.
I’ll be the first to admit, the magnitude of prints that arrived on the Spring 2011 runways this past winter was a bit of a sensory overload. But, now that the weather is (slowly) becoming more like summer weather, the idea of bright, bold prints seems less overwhelming. The key to prints: if you’re uneasy about wearing more than one print at a time (mixing different prints is not longer a fashion faux pas, in case you were wondering), then stick with one piece with an interesting or bright pattern while keeping the rest of the pieces neutral. If, on the other hand, you’ve been waiting patiently over the past few years for fashion to take a turn from bleak minimalism, then now’s your time lady! Pack on the prints and make the streets your catwalk.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Tibi show (thanks to a friend) and the Isaac Mizrahi show (which I’ve wanted to attend since seeing Unzipped as a little girl). Both shows were amazing, and I am not just saying that because I was there. I really mean it. The clothes were beautiful and very spring like, and you guys know how I feel about collections being presented for the season that they are in. I was going to put up my finale runway videos, but my flip messed up the lighting. Photos from Style.com.
First up is Tibi. Amy Smilovic really knows what women that want to look nice, but not too fussy want to wear. The colors were black, khaki, tangerine, white, gold, mustard, and one purple piece that really fit in in the middle of the collection. Cute sundresses, cropped pants, and flowy dresses made me long for spring even though summer was ending. Everything about this collection, and the Isaac Mizrahi collection, just screamed femininity. The little spring coats were cute too. Perfect for spring!
Isaac Mizrahi was gorgeous of course. He always knows how to dress a woman in clothes that make statements, clothes that don’t overpower the wearer. You would have to be very gutsy to wear these prints, but with the way they are designed, you wouldn’t be competing with the dress for attention. The last floral printed dress look left me gasping. Two of the young ladies sitting next to me kept commenting on how great everything looked. It was just too spectacular for words.