Spring 2011: a Welcome Return to Exuberance

After the migration of camel capes and nude make-up, fashion has escaped the realms of beige, as designers are delving into the world of colour and exuberance. Spring 2011 envelopes a lick of Seventies arousal, but with a lingering grasp on the chic apparel of 2010; achieving that delectable balance of colour infusion and classical sophistication. The much needed dose of fun, almost buried underneath the recession, has made a mellifluous return.

Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld has turned out skirt suits riddled with holes, whilst his 2011 dresses have adopted distressing cuts and flamboyant frills. However, to sprinkle that traditional Chanel canvas onto the catwalk, Lagerfeld has produced those darling haute-couture evening gowns, essential for the beloved English rose.

Christopher Kane uses his unparalleled vision in his creation of a neon, lime suit; sporting leather and lace fabric. With it's adorable knee-length cut and vibrant colour palette, the suit captivates everything in-demand for the upcoming Spring season.

A jewel in the collection must be Emilio Pucci's ruffled dress. Peter Dundas has composed a charmingly sultry summer frock, complimented by the ultimate shoe of 2011; thigh-high lace-up boots. The dress harbours a teasingly low neck-line and a beautifully carved slitted skirt; I feel the lilac colouring and feminine ruffles provide the gown with a tastefully titillating appearance.

Amongst these enchanting pieces, designers such as Lanvin, Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Prada and Alexander McQueen, have all fashioned their own versions of the trend.


Christopher Kane

Emilio Pucci


Jil Sander

Marc Jacobs


Alexander McQueen

So as the recession gently tip-toes into the background of the fashion industry, the passion for craftsmanship is flowering. Amongst the banana prints and neon lace, it's safe to say a fond farewell to minimalism.

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