Paris Fashion Week S/S 2011 :: Ingrid Vlasov

Two looks from Ingrid Vlasov's Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

The past few years of fashion have been dominated by the emergence of a hard aesthetic characterized by the studs, leather jackets, and Balmain-esque ensembles that we so love. Ever since Phoebe Philo introduced her ground-breaking collection for Celine one year ago, minimalism and simplistic dressing seem to be on the rise. So among last year's tough jackets and this year's camel-colored coats, one can't help but wonder what's happened to the girlishness in fashion. That's why, as I sat in the audience wearing a military jacket and tough leather booties, I couldn't help but love Ingrid Vlasov's refined and feminine approach to fashion.

Ingrid Vlasov has been designing since 1997, but her breakout into mainstream fashion has been more recent. Ingrid Vlasov showed in Paris for the first time just one year ago, when she presented her critically-acclaimed Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Her designs have since been picked up by Maria Luisa in New York, and ever since Lady Gaga donned a dress from last year's Spring collection, Ingrid has become the designer to watch.

More looks from Ingrid Vlasov. All images courtesy of Totem.

Ingrid Vlasov showed her latest collection on October 5th at the Couvent des Cordeliers in Paris. Models marched out on a long, dark runway against the sound of a softly strumming acoustic guitar and the lyrics “I feel love...” in repetition. Silks, neutrals, long silhouettes, and refined prints dominated the collection for a look that was feminine without being frilly, fashion-forward without being trendy, and sexy while still strong and sophisticated. Beads, bright lipstick, and big earrings all harked back to bold 80's trends, but modern graphics and a subtle color palette kept things moving forward. Overall the collection presented an enchanting argument about what femininity can mean to the modern woman.

A live stream of Ingrid Vlasov's show. Video source.

Stacey McEntire
BARE Reporter

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