PRE-FALL PREVIEWS: The Final Few
With the unveiling of 2011 Pre-Fall Previews winding to a close, we thought we’d end our week long review with a final few fashionable eye-candy collections. Namely, J. Mendel, VPL and Helmut Lang.
One of the only remaining family owned luxury brands stick’s close to it’s furrier roots (the company was founded by the furrier to the Russian aristocracy in 1870), J. Mendel’s 2011 Pre-Fall Preview is comprised of lots of uber-thick, luxurious furs and ethereal gauzy eveningwear – a nice contrast in a season where pre-holiday parties find themselves up against the encroaching winter chill. Full preview here.
The underwear inspired line by former stylist Victoria Bartlett, VPL’s (the moniker stands for Visible Panty Line) 2011 Pre-Fall Preview consists mainly of it’s signature slouchy tops and pants – revamped with soft, flowy fabrics, drawstring details and lots of ruching. Standing firmly behind the tagline “underwear, outerwear, anywhere,” – this collection does look cozy enough to merit the multi-task. Take a peek here.
A forerunner in 90′s luxe minimalism (with peers Calvin Klein, Prada and Jill Sanders), Helmut Lang’s 2011 Pre-Fall Preview remains true to it’s elegant reputation with a few decidedly modern twists. Think classic minimalist dresses embellished with seductive gathering and draping, softly cut and unstructured leather, and a beautiful palette of black, shades of gray and a fall appropriate brown-green. View the entire collection here.