NAHM – S/S 12

New York: For S/S 2011 NAHM designers Ally Hilfiger and Nary Manivong set themselves the challenge of presenting 20 versions of what is perhaps the most iconic of all sportswear garments – the shirtdress. That the duo chose to infuse the apple pie of American fashion with the rigid silhouettes of the late Paris haute couturier Christobal Balenciaga is a testament to their ingenuity. References were sprinkled like confetti over the show – the trapezoid shapes, exaggerated bows, gathered sleeves and A-line dresses were all there. What Hilfiger and Manivong took out was the rigidity and formality of couture: the opening white dresses were worked in cottons so lightweight they bordered on transparency, broderie Anglaise trims and fagoted seams added a naïve charm that kept the overall look young, and a mix of Asian and linear prints added just the right amount of downtown cool. – Shine Dharan

Silhouette: Trapeze / Princess shapes

Color: White / Orange / Straw / Slate / Burgundy

Key Items: Short voluminous dresses / Long lean dresses

Materials: Silk / Linen / Cotton

Prints + Patterns: Mixed prints / Geometrics / Stripes / Asian patterns

Details + Trim:
Cut out inserts / Asymmetric hems / Oversized pockets / Shirt collars / Bows / Faggoted trim

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