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Abi Swann: 22 year old Womenswear Fashion Designer, recently finished studying at Kingston University. Find me on Arts Thread and on my website: http://abigayil-swann.com/

Miu Miu. I love you.

Although I was first slightly startled by the Miu Miu show, it gradually began to excite me with the box pleated silks, rich colours, metallics and intricate latticework detailing. I can’t fully make up my mind about the leather jackets with the floral detailing, but hey, I’m sure Miuccia will win me over eventually. 

Miu Miu Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear 

I personally can’t get my head around how the above dress was constructed, how is the star so perfect despite the box pleats covering the whole dress? And that hint of acid yellow is just delicious.

Miu Miu Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear 

There is just such a fun and kitsch element to this collection that Miuccia Prada always manages to pull off. The stars, the neons, the leathers and the over-the-top shoes somehow work together and retain a polished, vampy look with a youthful and naive twist.

Miu Miu Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear 

Miu Miu Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

I think that the genius in the brand is that you can always tell when it’s a Miu Miu collection. Last season it was 1960’s style woolen dresses with metallic 3D flowers covering the front around the plunging necklines, and the season before that it was cat and dog printed fabrics with swirling lines of sequins (My personal favourite). There is a definite kitsch, Italian undertone to every collection which enables you to identify it from all other designers.

Amazing and Inspiring collection.

Amazing and Inspiring collection.

Viktor & Rolf.

The Viktor & Rolf show was about one thing and one thing only: The shirt. The classic piece was ripped, customised, cut-up, gathered and completely reinvented. If a collar was taken away, then a cuff remained. You get the point….

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2011 Ready-to-WearViktor & Rolf Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear

The colours were a quirky mixture of blues, reds and greys. The Strips of frayed ribbons running down the dresses did it for me though. A weird idea in theory, but works so well in 3D.

Compared to last season this collection is much more youthful and fresher. Last season it was very dark, luxurious and with an almost sporty feel (with the glasses and leather caps).

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