It’s Fashion Week in New York, so we thought we’d take a break from our usual programming to thumb through some runway slideshows and see what’s in store for office wear in Spring 2011. If these few shows are any indication: prepare yourself for lots (and LOTS) of extreme neutrals: beige, white, camel, and a clammy gray, as well as, perhaps, a move away from the 1960s and 1980s. Readers — which shows, if any, have you had your eyes on? What do you think of the runway looks below?
|We’re seeing high-waisted, wide pants at Adam, reminiscent of Kate Hepburn — love the pop of color with the red shoe and the sequined tank, but we could also see this look translating to the office very easily. ADAM Spring 2011 RTW|
|Love the tone-on-tone look of Carolina Herrera’s collection (and all of the fabulous hats!). We particularly like this look — the volume in the sleeves plays nicely against the sleekness of the skirt, and it’s a great example of mixing pattern with pattern (with pattern) and not looking clownish. CAROLINA HERRERA Spring 2011 RTW|
|We’re seeing more neutrals from Donna Karan (her entire show was shades of white and beige!). We could see this look being interpreted for the office next spring — we like the swing to the jacket (and its high pockets), as well as the seaming on the skirt, and even the intentional, aggressively wrinkled look to all of it. The floral pin is a nice touch, also. Donna Karan Spring 2011 RTW|
|Prepare yourselves: The big (really big!) bow is coming back, ladies. That said, we quite like most of Jason Wu’s collection — lots of sheer, floaty blouses and even (gasp!) some color and stripes. This sweater jacket looks fabulous — the contrast trim, the large pockets, the double-breasted buttons — even the length. Lovely. JASON WU Spring 2011 RTW|
|There was some interesting suiting at the Preen show — interestingly long lapels on the jacket, with a waist detail a bit reminiscent of a garter belt. We’ll be watching to see if this one translates to the office… PREEN Spring 2011 RTW|
|LOVE the Jill Stuart collection, even though the silhouettes remind us a bit too closely of Kara Walker‘s work. The simple black and white look is crisp, and the little details — the slim black belt, the trim on the skirt and sleeves, and the white circles at the neckline — are all fabulous. Like the slight bit of pleating beneath the trim on the neckline, and the way the silhouettes come as high as the model’s elbow. JILL STUART Spring 2011 RTW|
All photos courtesy of Elle. Full disclosure: Corporette now has an advertising relationship with Elle Network (via Style Coalition), but this post was written at the discretion of Kat Griffin alone, and all selections and opinions expressed herein are her own.