Karen Walker F/W 2011

I just spent the last hour enveloped in my research of Northern Soul, the fascinating inspiration for Karen Walker‘s Fall collection. Northern soul was a music and dance movement that emerged from the British mod scene in 60s and 70s, where working-class young people would swarm the dance floors at clubs across Northern Britain. After long nights and sometimes entire weekends of athletic and competitive dance, the dancers would return to their job on the docks. Walker churned out a modern and lovely interpretation of the movement with delicate floral-print blouses, full dancing skirts, boyish trousers, industrial capes and jackets. And the grey and cobalt blue color palettes really pushed me over the edge – they’re my newest color obsessions!

(images from Elle.com)

Rodarte F/W 2011

Kate and Laura Mulleavy took to the wheat fields and blue skies of the American plains, as they were in Days of Heaven, as inspiration for their Fall collection. The details were stunning, from the ruffled lace cuffs to the Native American beaded boots. I especially loved the ankle-grazing prairie coats, closed only at the waist, paired with romantic long sweeping dresses. I bet I’m not the only one putting Days of Heaven in my Netflix queue this weekend.

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