Jean-Charles de Castalbajac seems to live in a fairytale–a world of fantasy where fabled characters come to life in expertly fashioned garments. This season’s inspirations were varied: Dracula, Strangler in the Night, and Disney’s 101 Dalmations, to name a few. But what resulted wasn’t a series of silly garments fit for child’s play.
Sophisticated shifts printed with cartoon images shared the catwalk with bountiful capes and wide legged trousers in red plaid. A red velvet dress with gold tassels embroidered with the words, “What’s behind that curtain?” was preceeded by cream trenches piped in red.
Neutrals were balanced with color, wistful multihued seqined cocktails were tempered with tweed skirt suits. Even skeleton print glow-in-the-dark dresses were relayed on classic strapless black dresses.
For Fall 2011, Castelbajac was able to tread the line between fantasy and fashion; to create a collection that was both capricious and wearable.
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