Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fashion Week 2012: 'Style Moderne' Rules the Runway in Vivid Geometrics and Bold Colors

Carolina Herrera
Art Deco or 'Style Moderne' seems to be making a comeback for Spring. Popularized back in the 1920s, dresses were basically tubular: creative seaming, draping, embellishments and abstract, graphic design were added to define the style.

With it's beginnings in Paris, 'style moderne' flourished internationally throughout the 1930s and into the World War II era influencing all areas of design, including architecture (think Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center) interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry as well as painting, graphic arts and film. The style represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms.

And now it's back! Donna Karan showed many tribal prints in her collections but a few pieces had subtle hints of art deco. Carolina Herrera, BCBG Max Azria, Tory Burch, Derek Lam and Alice + Olivia were more obviously smitten with the trend.  

Here's a few from yesterday and today's shows:
BCBG Max Azria

Tory Burch


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