Speaking to dresses and skirts, the maxi silhouette was one of the most powerful Fall 11 messages of New York Fashion Week. Of course, the maxi isn’t all that new as in Spring 11 we saw various shapes inspired by bohemian, caftan, column, peasant and gypsy directives.
Well, the list of maxi items just got a longer. That’s not to say that longer silhouettes work in every style. Below is a rundown of maxi’s featured during NYFW, with some insight on each.
THE BROOM SKIRT. Risto and Theyskens Therory are on the same page here, both set to grungy 90s looks.
Risto, Theyskens Theory
HIGH-LOW. These high-low hemlines are typically positioned as a novelty expression, though Vera Wang’s commercial styles open up high-low silhouettes to a broader market.
Vera Wang, Thakoon, Vera Wang
THE MID-CALF. It’s baaaaack! The most arbitrary silhouette of Spring 11 was the popular (on the runway) mid-calf shape. While the midi certainly moves forward for Fall 11 on both dresses and skirts, it’s a rather tough sell. As in you’ve got to be pretty tall to pull it off, otherwise it tends to cut the body in half.
Cynthia Rowley, Jill Stuart, Rachel Comey
THE PEASANT DRESS. You didn’t think I could possibly talk about maxi silhouettes and not mention something bohemian inspired, did you? With the 70s still hanging around, the peasant maxi is a strong option.
P.S. Not a fan of the maxi? Consider these longer pencil skirts as an hourglass-enhancing option.