Fall/Winter 2011-12

The shoe of this pathetic Monday is the patchwork flannel lace-up "work" boot by Calvin Klein in the early 1990s. 
Today all the students of secondary 4 were obligated to attend the career initiative. I never realized how much attention trade school gets. It's probably because my grade has over a 50% failure rate and the guidance counselors finally saw how small the graduating class of 2012 will be.
My choices were aesthetics, travel and hotel reception, and radio broadcasting. Too bad there was nothing on journalism or fashion editing. During the seminar on careers in radio, Kelly Alexander from Virgin Radio told us all about her journey of getting to where she is now. It was the most interesting part of my day.
I haven't been to TrendTracker in a while, so everything was anew when I visited again last night.
1. Forties femme fatale does studio 54
A proper yet exaggerated 1940's silhouette is defined by a black hourglass lapel-less coat with 80s shoulders and knee-length bell skirt (coming from a tight waist). This look also includes a mink shrug and a white shirt collar. There were glittering sock sandal booties in astonishing golds and great plastic red sunglasses. Seen at Miu Miu F/W 2011-12.
2. 1940's androgynous chauffeur
"A Night Porter peaked cap tops a sculpted wool sweatshirt, finished with a latex bib to broach a luxury alternative to servitude uniform." Paired with a below-knee length fur-covered skirt, lace-up boots and a revised 1958 Lockit bag. Masculine meets feminine. The woman automatically wins due to the presence of style. Marc Jacobs was responsible for this subtle sensuality. Seen at Louis Vuitton F/W 2011-12. 
3. Ice queen zip skirt suit
A portrayal of calm romance. An all-white suit is outlined in fur and hits high at the neck. The jacket is cinched at the waist. Both it and the matching pencil skirt are decorated with strikes of silver zipper. Victoriana lace-up platform ankle boots increase the level of cool. This look is most definitely meant for a queen. Seen at Alexander McQueen F/W 2011-12. 
4. Masculine Chanel jacket
There has been a lot of androgyny this season, and Karl Lagerfeld has also tapped into this growing trend. The House of Chanel's most symbolic garment has been transformed into a classic dogtooth boucle jacket in an eye-catching rich emerald hue, trimmed with gray wool and darts of a silver (again!) chain. It is cropped to just below the bust and and then layered over a black men's blazer. A delicate masculine/feminine contrast is captured by silver jewelry, fingerless lace gloves and over-sized pants spilling out of saggy socks paired with somber flats. Seen at Chanel F/W 2011-12.



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