Fall 2011 Trend Report: New Years Yves

The flashy homage to Yves Klein outshines neutral navy blue.


Designers’ recent favoring of the cobalt shade popularly known as Yves Klein blue marks a two-fold victory of sorts. For fall, bolds trump neutrals and realism bests surrealism. Perhaps no designer made the point better than Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquiere. While his runway was heavy in navy knits and strictly floral look skirts that, upon closer scrutiny, were actually peppered with lizards, the statement piece in his closing ensemble was a fuss-free angular coat in a vivid solid that bordered on periwinkle. It was said to have been inspired by a design plucked from his house’s 1965 archives—which, coincidentally, meant it had roots shortly a luster after artist Yves Klein debuted the last monochromatic painting displaying his signature shade. In fact, many joined Ghesquiere this season in crowding fashion’s metaphorical gallery with pieces that might as well have borne Klein’s stamp—including Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg and Thakoon Panichgul.

Go from day to night in a sweater dress in au courant blue.

This season, even cowgirls get the blues.

Complement your baby blues (or greens or browns) with some bright new shades.

Add some kick to your fall shoe collection with a flirty cobalt boot.

An indigo handbag complements the season’s dark denim.


1817_668.jpg525 America Dress available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004.

1819_668.jpgFranco Sarto Who ankle boot available at Nordstrom, West County Center, 314.255.2000.

1820_668.jpgCoach Sunglasses available at Eye Roc, Central West End, 314.361.9900.

1822_668.jpgFranco Sarto Who ankle boot available at Nordstrom, West County Center, 314.255.2000.

1823_668.jpgChanel Handbag available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.



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