Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2011 Review

Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2011

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Narciso Rodriguez (See the full runway collection)

FRONT ROW: Leigh Lezark, Scott Schuman, Garance Doré

HAIR: Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals

MAKEUP: Dick Page for Shiseido

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Rodriguez showed a more masculine and understated side to his latest range by working with heavier fabrics in demure tones.

Narciso Rodriguez is known for his modern aesthetic and clean, elegant lines, and his Fall collection delivered on that promise. But this season, the designer's colorblocking technique (often used with blacks and whites) was used with actual color. Yes, color, at Narciso. But don't worry, black was still predominant throughout the collection.

The coats were a knockout. The opening look—a black number with a hint of red on the sleeves and a diagonal cream stripe—was modern minimalism at its best. Further in, a black and cream jacket revealed a crimson (the color of the week) and deep violet top—bright but well placed so as to not overwhelm. There were also artful prints and textured layers in his more signature dresses, with peach interacting with stark blacks and grays.

Leather and chiffon dresses added a feminine touch to the show, but they were tempered by the outerwear and cuts. The collection brought us back to an easier and more simplistic way of dressing; every look seemed so effortless and casual, though at second glance the details—like hidden red lining or a colored piping—showcased just how complicated the pieces were.

For devoted fans, Rodriguez provided the femininity they'll want, with just enough of a masculine undertone. In a word, it was very Narciso.