Spring 2011 Series | Runway Review, Part III

In this installment: Chloé, Helmut Lang, and Lanvin. All three had stunning collections with some truly beautiful pieces that showcased the minimalist trend for Spring with an unparalleled elegance. From perfect tailoring to beautiful color palettes to wispy fabrics, these collections were among some of my favorites.


The Chloé show was full of simple, beautifully crafted pieces in a very muted color palette. I personally found the looks very refreshing, and they all still carried the Chloé je ne sais quoi: that spark of casual elegance that makes their pieces seem light and wearable, while still remaining within the realm of classic cuts.

The dresses and skirts were particularly striking. I loved the length — just below the knee is always ladylike. The full skirts are playful and chic, and the lightly pleated sheer fabric is absolutely heavenly.

Chloé also took on white for spring in its usual classic fashion. I loved both the looks on the right and left — the crisp, fitted silhouette with small draped details is gorgeous in its simplicity. I also really like the idea of making an all-white ensemble pop with an unexpected bright red flat.

Helmut Lang

The silhouettes at Helmut Lang were just as divine as those at Chloé, but with slightly looser and more casual fits. I found this collection to be very wearable. There were some great tailored pieces and chic blazers, but there were also some very simple dresses pulled together with careful draping. Again, I loved the colors — basic white and gray, with a light peach and a pop of red. Perfect for spring.


Lanvin took on a darker color palette than Chloé and Helmut Lang, but still showcased pieces that were wearable in warmer weather. The details were a bit richer and more extravagant (although not overly so), but the silhouettes and cuts of the clothes remained similar to those from the other two collections.

I loved the pops of deep pink on the runway — the dress on the left was one of my favorite pieces for spring. The colorblock trend is back this year with plenty of bold hues, and the pairing of raspberry and fuchsia on a one-shoulder dress looked amazing.

There was plenty more pink left in the show, too! It’s a great color for spring — something not as heavy as red, but still fun and flirty nonetheless. (Kind of like honeysuckle pink, which is, incidentally, Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2011…). Side note: doesn’t Karlie Kloss look absolutely stunning?

So, to recap: Crisp, beautiful tailoring. Fitted silhouettes. Full, flowing skirts. Sheer and silky fabrics. Natural colors with pops of bright pink and red.

What did you think of the Chloé, Helmut Lang, and Lanvin spring ready-to-wear collections?

{Sources: Chloé show photographed by Monica Feudi/GoRunway.com, accessed via style.com. Helmut Lang show photographed by Dusan Reljin/Management Artists, accessed via style.com. Lanvin show photographed by Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, accessed via style.com}

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