Fremont designer Devin Carlson definitely caught the memo about the 60s still going strong as a runway trend. The designer showed bell-bottom pants, high waisted shorts, metallic knits, alongside more rugged pieces like fitted leather jackets, blanket coats, and plaids in his Fall 2011 lineup that included apparel for both men and women.
Despite the on-trend references, Carlson's inspiration wasn't as superficial as one might expect. The designer noted that he was originally inspired by the book Into Thin Air, which takes place mostly in cold weather accounting for the repeat appearance of quilting in his Fall 2011 collection. Dry waxing was also used to to give a frozen appearance to some of the fabrics and the designer further noted that “the mixed knits reference the colors that you’d experience before hitting a tree line,” and that “the animal print was used to reference the wildlife that you may encounter on an expedition into uncharted territories.” Whether or not one would wear a sheer animal print while exploring the wildlife aside, there were plenty of cozy-looking, wholly wearable individual, casual pieces in the collection.