Alexander McQueen, fall/winter 2011-2012
Sarah Burton creates a visually strong and self-assured men’s collection this season using the military and with Russian undertones as her source of inspiration. Double breasted jackets embellished with over-sized fur collars, not-so subtle hints of red and slim silhouettes in the collection’s suits are the elements which standout. It makes me wonder if this theme will resurface from seasons ago and carry over into the women line for spring 2012.
Moncler Gamme Bleu, fall/winter 2011-2012
Um… holy horses, there are live animals in Moncler Gamme Bleu’s runway presentation! Thom Browne uses equestrianism and the English hunt as the theme this season with models sporting plaid suits, leather jackets, riding breeches and knee-high boots in this arena setting – the beagles are also an irresistible touch.
Salvatore Ferragamo, fall/winter 2011-2012
I really enjoyed Salavatore Ferragamo’s fall/winter collections because it provides a smooth and fresh take on winter wear. Creative Director, Massimiliano Giornetti doesn’t wallow in the often depressing darkness of the cold, but uses beautiful winter white as the collection’s launch pad. Midway into the runway show richer hues of brown and maroon, coupled with velvet and leather gives the entire look and feel of the collection a sense of optimism that winter isn’t so bad after all.