VB and DvF Dress The Ladies

So, it’s Monday.  And I haven’t taken a day off, cause that’s what a dedicated blogger I am!  That and who wants to miss any of the fantastic fashion of the New York shows?!  Exactly.  So today I come bearing gifts in the form of not one Fall 2011 collection, but two!!!! And the best part?  These shows fall on near opposite ends of the spectrum.  Yet, they do so successfully.  Both designers have a keen understanding of the type of clothing that makes a woman feel good, but they express it in very different ways.  So, without further ado I give you the Victoria Beckham and Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collections:

Victoria Beckhan Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Photo by Yannis Vlamos/ GoRunway.com via Style.com

She may have started out a Spice Girl, but Victoria Beckham has proven herself a true designer.  Beckham has an understanding for what shapes flatter a woman’s figure.  I am so impressed with her eye for structure and fit and the above looks are no exception.  There is a confidence and sophistication in the understated designs that seems to translate to the wearer.  So which is my favorite? I am going to have to go with the olive green look in the center.  The belt gives it that extra dash of personality and the blouse has a level of ease that doesn’t detract from the overall sophistication of the collection.

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear Collection. Photo by Alessandro Viero/ GoRunway.com via Style.com

While Victoria Beckham may be new to the fashion scene, Diane von Furstenberg and her wrap dresses have been fashion fixtures since the 1970s.  And her disco influenced aesthetic continues here with fringe, sequins and even some gold lamé.  I am going to be honest, there is a LOT going on in these looks and I tend to be a bit of a minimalist.  However, upon closer inspection it is easy to see why DvF is such an icon.  I love the draping of the red dress, the quirky stars in the black sweater (blouse?) and the glamour of the wrap dress.  It is these elements that make Diane von Furstenberg such a force in the design world.

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