Spring 2011 Series | Runway Review, Part I

Before I begin this post, I want to share a comment that the lovely Ari from The Path Before Forever left on my post that introduced this series:

I’m honestly not a big fashion person but that’s actually something I want to work on — I’m still trying to find my own style. I can’t stand blogs that try to tell you what you can and can’t wear, or only showcase runway styles that are impossible to even try to imitate in the real world, but I love what you have here. Nice job, I’m looking forward to it!

First of all, thank you for your wonderful comment, Ari!

Secondly, I agree completely. I like to look to the runways for inspiration, but in my opinion, runway shows are almost an art form — something to be appreciated and admired, but not fully imitated on a day-to-day basis. If I ever incorporate runway looks (in terms of inspiration, not buying YSL trench coats) into my wardrobe, its because I’ve found a component of the show that I liked and that appealed to my style, an idea that I wanted to try and pull off myself. You may have your own opinions on runway shows, but mine is thus: take it for what it is — fashion inspiration and appreciation.

So in this series, I will have some “Runway Review” posts featuring a handful of my favorite shows and looks. Let me know what your take on the looks are, and if you see any ideas that appeal to you for spring!

Yves Saint Laurent

I really enjoying the beautiful tailoring and simplicity of the YSL show. Many of the Spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway shows were all about classic, dramatic tailoring and the reinterpretation of minimalism. Bold colors were also a key component of the shows, and the clothes at YSL embodied both aspects for spring. One of my favorite pieces was the sleeveless trench coat in the center (above). It looks so simple, yet completely chic, just thrown on by itself with a pair of metallic gladiators and some bold lipstick.

The center look (above) is a great example of sleek, chic tailoring. I also love the choice of navy blue – it’s a little unexpected, but it looks very classic. And Abbey Lee is rocking that jacket!

Yves Saint Laurent nailed the outwear, in my opinion. The white trench is chic without looking like a hospital gown, thanks to the wide, floppy collar. The navy coat also takes on the exaggerated color for a dramatic silhouette. With the new minimalism, the shape of garments becomes so much more critical and I think that YSL had some great pieces that were a perfect example of good tailoring.

Dolce & Gabbana

The Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 ready-to-wear show was one of my favorites of the season. Everything was floaty, feminine, and beautiful — nothing short of what we would expect for Dolce & Gabbana, of course. I loved the lace and references to classic lingerie silhouettes. Overall, it was a stunning show with pieces that were simple in color but intricate in design.

There were also some beautiful dresses on the runway. I loved the longer dresses, especially the form-fitting ones. And the shorts, too! The white bloomer shorts were a great addition to the show, and very flirty and playful for Spring. Dolce & Gabbana did white right for this show and, without making it seem too bridal-like, they created some excellent pieces that are the perfect inspiration for a light and pretty Spring wardrobe.


I have always liked Givenchy, especially after its standout couture collection for Fall 2010 (that had plenty of lace and intricate detailing without being too over-the-top). The clothes at this show were simple, following Spring’s minimalist trend. I especially loved the oversized blazers (including the sleeveless version, top right). And look, plenty of sheer skirts!

What do you think of the Spring 2011 ready-to-wear looks at YSL, Dolce & Gabbana, and Givenchy?

{Source: Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy runway images by Monica Feudi/GoRunway.com, accessed via Style.com. Dolce & Gabbana runway images by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, accessed via Style.com.}


12 thoughts on “Spring 2011 Series | Runway Review, Part I

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  2. I’d definitely go for D&G. My favorite. I also like the Givenchy black pants + white top. This is quite realistic overall. Every girl can be inspired to wear the like. I like the review. Ari is right about you and the way you write your posts. I also add: simple, easy, straight to the point, no unnecessary details and always positive.

  3. I love the playfulness of Dolce, that’s really the show that caught my eye. I also love all the white in there. White is one of my favorite colors to wear in the spring/summer. I agree with you about the outerwear from YSL though, they do turn out one helluva trench.

    I really like how you do your runway recaps here, though they aren’t typically my favorite type of post. I think your writing and the thought you put into your posts are what makes it work, along with your obvious appreciation of great fashion!

    xo, Ashley

  4. I love to sew. Many times I have taken things I have seen in magazines and from pics of runway shows and tried to incorporate them in ways that suited me and my lifestyle, but still gave me a sense of freshness and keeping up-to-date with current trends. And now that I have a daughter who is 19 and in college (with a perfect physique = not many adjustments on patterns!), I love sewing for her and seeing her attending all kinds of functions and outings in outfits we have pulled together from things I have made for her mixed with store-bought pieces after we both look through magazines and on the Internet to get ideas. I will be sure and show her this article so I can get an idea of where her tastes may go this season. Thanks for the show!

  5. Yes. I agree. I’m all about realistic fashion, so runway fashion doesn’t do much for me. I like what you posted here, though. All of these are inspiring, and you can break them down to create something that’s wearable in the everyday world. I like the Dolce & Gabbana featured here. White lace will be something I’ll be wearing this spring.

    I hope the Hermes collection makes it to your review! It was my favorite, hands down.

  6. I can totally relate to Ari, and specially, I agree with what you said, runway shows, on my humble opinion, are another form of art (some more than others) so they have to be interpretated or simply enjoyed. Nice review, btw 🙂

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