marios schwab|rtw fall 2011

Like many London designers, Schwab reined in experimentation to explore more restrained and ladylike territory. Leather detailed with the punch holes found on brogue shoes was a major theme, and found its way onto wool dresses in the form of panels, bodices, sleeves and straps. Other ladylike dresses were dotted with pearls, sometimes arranged in grapelike clusters or, in the case of one black dress, into the form of two luscious lips. The color palette, too, was low-key and in tune with what’s been emerging this season. Schwab used oxblood, teal, rust, burnt orange and caperberry to elegant effect. Meanwhile, a sculptural off-the-shoulder puffer jacket with a flouncy skirt won’t exactly work on the slopes, but will no doubt wow the après-ski crowd.

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marios schwab|rtw fall 2011