Burberry Fall 2011
The European men's runway collections for Fall 2011 are underway and I really enjoyed watching the video of the Burberry show It began with a group of terrific coats, a perfectly balanced mix of new organic shapes in traditional materials including a buffalo plaid that has been popping up all over the place recently.
I love the way this Balenciaga version from Pre-Fall 2011 looks shown against a Chinoiserie-patterned seamless and miss-matched plaid mittens.
Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2011
I did some research on Buffalo Plaid and discovered that it is in fact an ancient tartan that traces its legacy to 8th century Scotland and the legendary warrior leader, Rob Roy MacGregor. It is believed that the large sized red and black plaid known as Rob Roy MacGregor Tartan arrived in America after the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. But buffalo plaid didn’t become a fashion craze until 40-years later, when a giant, mythological lumberjack named Paul Bunyan made his 1916 debut bow in a buffalo plaid shirt!
Pendleton and Woolrich are two authentic American brands that come to mind when talking about blanket wool and neither have let current fashion pass them by. For the past three years, Pendleton have been collaborating with several sport/street/fashion names including Opening Ceremony, Hurley, Levis and Comme des Garcon
Pendleton/Comme des Garcon
Meanwhile, the Woolrich Woolen Mills Fall/Winter 2011 Collection marks the beginning of a new era, with Mark McNairy debuting as designer of the iconic label. Key pieces include a geometric pattern wool duffle coat and one with bold stripes.