Spring 2011 Series | Runway Review, Part II

I started this series a while ago (in January, to be precise) to showcase looks from the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear shows. And spring is coming up fast now! The goal from these posts is to draw inspiration from these looks, not necessarily try to replicate them exactly. Ashley from 2 Eyes In The Mirror mentioned in a comment on the first runway post that Hermès was her favorite show “hands-down,” so I’ve made sure to include it here! I’ve paired it with Ralph Lauren and Emilio Pucci to keep up the Western theme for spring.

Ralph Lauren

The Ralph Lauren show made very good use of the color white. It was similar to that at Dolce & Gabbana but with a Western twist. Swap out the floaty blouses and shorts for more structured shirts and high-collared dresses and throw in some leather belts and you’re good to go.

I found a lot of the clothes at Ralph Lauren to be pretty wearable, or at least easy to translate into everyday wear. I really liked the light floral prints for dresses, classic button-downs, and wide belts, although, granted, a lot of the basic silhouettes were exaggerated on the runway (read: pouffy sleeves).

Emilio Pucci

I loved the really rich and vibrant colors on the Emilio Pucci runway, as well as the many gorgeous and flowing dress shapes. The hair and makeup was beautiful and perfect for spring, with hair a little messy and undone, but still shiny and healthy, and a natural, bronzed face. (More beauty shots can be found in the details here.)

My favorite look from the entire show was the orange dress on the left. I’m usually not a big fan of orange, but it looked fantastic with the leather boots turquoise bracelets. The soft pleats on the fabric were also a big plus! I can’t see myself ever wearing something like this in real life, but I do love the color combination of leather/warm brown and turquoise, as well as the slightly sheer fabric for blouses.

I thought the look above left most easily translated into everyday — the leather jacket over the floaty spring dress is a classic combination for transitioning into the hotter weather if toned down a bit from the runway version.


This show was incredible and I can see why it was Ashley’s favorite. I loved the sharp tailoring, color scheme, leather details, and the entire runway set. While some of the looks are not something I could ever see myself wearing, the riding pants are Hermès were perfect. We’ve seen riding pants a lot this year in fashion, and it’s great to see that Hermès is continuing the trend in the spring.

I also thought that Hermès was able to pull off the monochromatic trend quite subtly in some of its looks. Top left, Abbey Lee Kershaw looks very ladylike in high-waisted paper bag trousers and a tucked in tee. The black-on-black ensembles that popped up every so often on the runway made great use of different textures (sheer, leather, silk…) to differentiate between individual pieces (we also see this concept bottom right with the light cream outfit worn by Jac).

What do you think of the Western-style ready-to-wear looks at Ralph Lauren, Emilio Pucci, and Hermès?

{Sources: Ralph Lauren and Emilio Pucci runway photos photographed by Monica Feudi/GoRunway.com, accessed via Style.com. Hermès runway photos by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, accessed via Style.com.}


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

  1. It’s fun to see all this fabulous fashion together. I adore the mustard pucci and the hermes. They just always elevate the equestrian style to elegant streetwear so well!

  2. I loved Pucci too. I think Peter Dundas is doing such a great job there. I love how beautiful and feminine everything is there – to me, that’s a look that doesn’t go out of style.

  3. That pink floaty dress and baby blue jacket from Ralph Lauren are going to be dancing around in my dreams tonight. I loved the visible use of belts to accenturate the silhuette look.
    I totally agree with you on the orange dress. The whole ensemble is just right so that it doesn’t really make the wearer look like a pumpkin. (Trust me, it is not a pretty sight to look like a pumpkin). And again, as you said, the advancement of ‘spring’ detailing in the looks is perfect.
    The Hermes collection reminded me ever so slightly of the Desquared2 fall collection. I think it has something to do with the fabrics used. Just randomly, I actually do have a pair of riding pants at home, because I do ride. So I can sort of see those ladies on horses instead of on the ramp. All they need is a whip and a helmet instead of a hat and voiala!
    All in all I think a bit toned downed and mellow versions of these looks can be very much wearable and original…

  4. LOL, the Hermes collection looks like Ashley!

    I personally am going to go with the Ralph Lauren collection
    Can’t see myself wearing head to toe white, it wouldn’t stay white long, but a girl can dream can’t she

  5. Yay! Glad you’re back. So glad to see you included the Hermes collection…you already know why! Although I agree with you that many of the looks are not too wearable, I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from the collection. A good leather corset is a must-have item for me, as is this beautiful, camel color they feature for spring.

    The Ralph Lauren collection is fabulous, too! Much more wearable than Hermes, but it still has that western touch I love.

    Excellent post!

  6. That dress is amazing although I do not think I would wear it with the boots. The other piece I loved was the jacket in the middle of the second row of the Hermes pictures. I have kids (the youngest is six) and white cannot be a staple unless I am away from them all day.

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