Jonathan Saunders Fall 2011

Credit: Vogue.com

I thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Saunders’ Fall 2011 showing on Saturday.  He provided ladylike sophistication accented by youthful bright prints and some fabulous fabulous peep-toe metallic oxfords (why hello there Christian Louboutins).  I love how he maintains the classic clean silhouette while playing with striking color combinations.  The skirt’s just-past-the-knee length made for an elegant portrayal.  And I’d say that Saunders’ experiment with color blocking and Art Nouveau prints is a major hit.  He managed to craft together something striking, unusual, and utterly classy.

Moreover, the strict fifties tailoring hardly comes across restrictive.  The cut is tightly controlled, but fluidly elegant.  Walking doesn’t unsettle the line of the clothes which is a tricky thing to pull off without the look appearing confined.  But Saunders manages it.  There is an easiness and a modern quirkiness about his clothes that I really like.  And I love the intriguing texture changes he has amidst the vibrant prints: there’s mohair panels with velvet bands and wool blocking (look 5), an eye-popping fleur de lis crisp skirt with looser silk gathering for the blouse (look 18), sequin blocks stitched onto silk dresses (look 31), and subtle tiering on the flirty forties dresses (feature shot).

And those shoes man.  I wanted each and every pair.  I love how they were color-blocked as well with velvet and metallic panels.  Charming, unique, sophisticated, and sturdy; they would be excellent for the upcoming fall (when it’s not raining).

Oh, and love the dewy makeup with just a bit of liner and mascara.  Put together, but not overly made-up.

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