The name Colette Dinnigan may have not been on the tip of retailers’ tongues these past seasons, but that may soon change after the success of her Fall 2009 collection. One could even call it a “boutique” line of 24 looks that was streamlined to the point of being perfectly edited without being boring. The collection had a vintage quality with Edwardian lace trims entwined in black evening gowns that gave her designs a youthful look without looking girly. Gorgeous black lace tops with exquisite embroidery details looked modern paired with short, sequined minis and sleek, black, pencil skirts. It was a collection done in the old standard, “black in white” palette but managed to feel fresh and new.
The simple black dress gets a little more exciting with a cowlneck neckline and pocket trim, textured sleeves and a lace overlay option.
Some say the only real lave comes from France and in this case, I have to agree. Lace blouses are elaborate in detail yet simple in layers. Sheer tops paired with solid bottoms look sexy without being vulgar.
Gowns looked gorgeous and modern as they cascaded down the runways in shades of black silk. A lace top under a simple gown and simple beading added a couture touch to the classic silhouettes.
Delicate knitting and pinstripe greys added a sweet twist to this sophisticated collection.
Although a smaller collection, there are plenty of looks to choose from with elegance, charm and a coveted Parisian sensuality that most U.S. women have come to admire.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.