I don’t usually go for the collections that are “experimental”, but I have to say there is something I really like about Rodarte’s Spring 2011 collection (photos via Vogue.com). I think it starts with the hair and makeup. The really classic, girl next store style of the hair with the unexpected gold frosted lips and eyes. And then the funky mixing of patterns, and classic and contemporary shapes. This is usually not me, but for some reason I am feeling it. It’s like 50s-60s girl meets future-girl. Ok I am done trying to articulate my ideas for the day.
Vera Wang had beautiful silk dresses and tulle overlays paired with gorgeous crystal statement necklaces. Grays, silvers and blacks were dominant here.
Badgley Mischka also used black and white together very well. Pops of coral were dropped in as well as gold and turquoise accents and jewelry. Swimwear and dresses were very casual and comfortable but sexy.
Rodarte had distressed pieces with strips of material arranged interestingly. There was something celtic about it.
Max Azria had many plain pieces accentuating color, shapes, and cutouts.