Paris Fashion Week S/S 2011 :: Tim Van Steenbergen

Two looks from Tim Van Steenbergen's spring collection.

While the highlight of my fashion week may have been stalking my favorite bloggers and models outside of the Chanel show on Tuesday, attending smaller shows during fashion week afforded me a unique opportunity: the chance to witness fashion on the rise.

Tim Van Steenbergen's show was held at the Bataclan in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Even the crowd that gathered outside of the show hinted that I was in for something good. In contrast to the rather serious approach to fashion that tends to dominate Paris, the girls outside of Tim Van Steenbergen's show opted for more light-hearted ensembles that drew attention from the enthusiastic street style photographers who were waiting, cameras-in-hand, along the curb. Among those waiting to enter the show were fellow Belgian designers, fashionistas, and journalists and photographers from around the world.

Tim Van Steenbergen tends to focus on fabrics and textures, working with quality materials to create a modern silhouette with an old world quality. His attention to texture came through strong in this collection. He went against the grain by creating a mostly-black collection at a time when many designers are opting for whites and neutrals, yet his fabric choices and construction ensured that the silhouettes felt light, youthful, and fresh. In fact, I was actually surprised to see so many black looks when I reviewed my pictures from the show afterwards—the quality of textures was so convincing that I was vaguely under the impression that I had watched a primarily lighter-hued collection.

A couple of more looks from the collection. Images courtesy of Elle.

The latest collections for Spring have been, without a doubt, dominated by a lighter color palette. And when Alexander Wang has given up all-black ensembles, you know that times have changed. That's why Belgian designer Tim Van Steenbergen stood out during fashion week, as his beautiful black pieces reminded us that yes, you can go dark for Spring.

Stacey McEntire
BARE Reporter

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