For two seasons now, Falls has been one of my very favorite lines. So it was perfectly fitting that theirs was the first collection I went to see during this Fashion Week. And it not only didn't disappoint, but it set a very high standard for all the other designers I was about to preview. For Fall 2010, Falls took inspiration from photographer Lee Miller, and followed the styling and tailoring of a slightly menswear-ish aesthetic.
With fabrics like washed silk cotton, washed crepe de chine, cashmere, alpaca, hand-crocheted marino wool, washed silk velvet, and silk broadcloth, this is a collection that invites you in and keeps you warm, but is also completely luxe and edgy. This collection, just like last season's, could be an entire wardrobe for any lucky girl. With cargo-pocket tapered pants, puff-sleeved dresses, cardigan coats, peasant blouses, ruffled camis, pleated velvet shorts, and (one of my personal favorites) a grey sweater dress with black macrame epaulettes, Falls has covered every piece you would need in your closet. And with the subtle differences between the menswear-inspired pieces and the super-feminine dresses, you would never look as though you're always wearing the same designer. A new color palette for Falls, we saw lovely shades of cranberry, peach, passion, granite and silver.
Falls' two designers are known for their individual expertise in hand-drawn prints and knitwear, and the two styles are beautifully balanced in this collection. Another favorite piece of mine (on the print side) was a black, cranberry, and grey oak-leaf print dress with strong shoulders, a super-flattering neckline, and a soft self-belt at the waist. And I can't ignore the "cool-factor" pieces hidden amongst the lovely dresses...like silver stretch silk "spat" leggings and black & grey striped muscle-length gloves. This season also marks the launch of Falls' collaboration with Heutchy shoes to produce a capsule line of sage, oxblood & cerise soft leather work boots, tough half biker boots, and classic oxfords in midnight blue suede & leather.
As always, the boys of Falls continue to push the envelope and never disappoint...I can't wait till next season!