Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Object of Desire

Considering that Eleven Objects started in Fall 2011 with a small but highly detailed collection of hand embroidered collars, it's quite amazing that a year later, they're presenting their first ready to wear collection.  I guess the quick progress shouldn't be that much of a surprise given the designers' impressive resumes: Christine Rhee studied architecture at Princeton and worked at BOYY, and Linh Thi Do worked at Alexander Wang and doo.ri.  The clothes bear all the luxe details of the collars, and the AW 2012 collection heavily features rich brocades, gold leaf, shearling, and Swarovski crystals.

The collars are still the focal point of all the looks, and in addition to the detached collar style, the designers have introduced the "collar sleeve," a floating collar with a set of short sleeves attached.  These pieces, along with the belted peplums, occupy a space somewhere between clothing, accessories, and jewelry, which might sound confusing at first.  However, once they're matched with the outfits, they complement the clothes beautifully, and everything comes together and makes perfect sense.


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