Fall 2011 Trend Report: Vanilla Skies

Snowy shades of white flurry in for fall.

 

It seems the theme that guided Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton throughout the production of her fall collection could easily have been plastered on title posters outside every show venue from New York to Paris. Even so, the most accurate display of her imagined “The Ice Queen and Her Court” played out on her own runway—which makes sense. Flurries of models donned snow-white fur- and organza-lined looks in regal silhouettes that spoke to the McQueen heritage. The surprising wintry mix composed less than half of the collection (the remainder, expectedly sinister), yet was behind a claim-staking message that resonated louder than any other conveyed: Burton isn’t McQueen, but—clearly—this is her reign. Though each visually as pure, the many other “Ice Queens” that debuted this season were somewhat less literal; Isabel Marant’s cream-clad Navajo bohemian would look more at home in a crown of flowers or a feather headdress than a tiara; the Yves Saint Laurent girl (whose many bleached looks included an updated version of Le Smoking), on the other hand, would be more inclined to borrow a crown from a king.

[1] PROPER DRESS ACQUIRED
Embellishments soften the look of a monochromatic frock.

[2] TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
An unexpected bleached handbag makes an impact this fall.

[3] SNOW SHOES
Pick a classic pump in winter’s new neutral.

[4] IT’S A CINCH
Liven up a dark outfi t with a bright belt.

[5] PEARL SHADES
Match your signature sunnies to your go-to jewelry strand.

 

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W. Kleinberg belt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200

W. Kleinberg belt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200

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David Yurman sunglasses available at Eye Roc, Central West End, 314.361.9900

Qupio pumps are available at Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.0020 and Chesterfield Mall, 636.537.1161

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Handbag available at Apricot Lane, Saint Louis Galleria 314.725.0020 and Chesterfield Mall 636.537.1161

Handbag available at Apricot Lane, Saint Louis Galleria 314.725.0020 and Chesterfield Mall 636.537.1161

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Qupio pumps are available at Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.0020 and Chesterfield Mall, 636.537.1161

Qupio pumps are available at Saint Louis Galleria, 314.725.0020 and Chesterfield Mall, 636.537.1161

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MM Couture dress available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004

MM Couture dress available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004

 

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