Spring’s Most Ladylike Looks

We’re just past the midway point for Spring 2011 collections, and it’s clear designers are going for a more posh and polished look. From New York to London, it’s been all about ladylike looks. That said, the strongest collections have come from designers who are mixing Uptown glamor with a more modern edge.

Lots of designers are relying on lace, as one would expect from such a demure season as this, but it’s looking best on runways when it’s being used unconventionally. At Proenza Schouler, designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sent down some show-stopping finale dresses in bold, futuristic colors layered atop minimalist undergarments.

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In London, Christopher Kane paid homage to British aristocracy though a psychedelic lens with a collection of neon lace suiting made from perforated leather with a vinyl coating.

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Other Brits, such as Marios Schwab and Erdem, also turned out lace-clad ladies that seemed ready to kick some ass while minding their manners.

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All and all, it’s not your grandma’s cup-of-tea, but most certainly worth the waitlist come spring.

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