Best of Pre-Fall 2011

Best Separates: Diane von Furstenberg

Not every great look needs to be one dramatic, complex gown. Sometimes a perfect combination of beautiful, simple, classic pieces is all you need. Every item on the model is something that belongs in every woman’s closet, and most importantly, all the pieces can be worn separately. The colors are so 1970s meets Thanksgiving Day (that’s a compliment, I swear). All the cranberries and burgandies and oranges are just perfect for fall.

Most Likely to Dance on Ice: Jason Wu

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2011. Model: Ming Xi

Is ice skater chic a thing? Because, I never thought I’d say this, but it totally should be – as long as Jason Wu is at the helm. I’m loving the slightly rouched bustline, the cinched waist, and the short but flowy skirt. The color-blocking is perfection: the ivory, iced baby pink, and almost metallic, dusty red are to die for.

Most Fabulous Print: Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2011. Model: Viktoriya Sasonkina

A perfect fit, fabulous accessories, and beautiful silhouette enhance this totally gorgeous fall print. It’s not easy to rock an orange-and-black dress without being Halloween-ish, but on the runway, it’s phenom.

Coat of My Dreams: Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum Pre-Fall 2011. Model: Lisanne De Jong

No words. I’m too busy drooling.

Best Mix of Old and New: Reem Acra

Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2011. Model: Sacha Blue

That mauve lace, the high neck, and the general ornateness of this look make it feel totally vintage and antique. But the length of the sleeves and the embellishments on them feel completely modern, even futuristic, and absolutely unique. A definite home-run of a cocktail dress.

Cate Blanchett’s Academy Awards Gown: Jason Wu

Jason Wu Pre-Fall 2011. Model: Julia Saner

We all love a good red carpet prediction, and I can’t think of a style diva more fit for this glamorous gown than Cate Blanchett. She’s got the flair for the dramatic that this gown demands. Add a black underlay to hide those nips, and Cate will have Oscar gold.

Christina Hendricks’s Emmy Awards Gown: Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2011

Strapless, voluminous, and assymetrical? Check. A color that would look brilliant on the red-headed Mad Men star? Check. A thick fabric and tight bodice to rein in a huge pair of titties? Check. Here’s your dress on a silver platter, Christina Hendricks. Act accordingly.

Best Bridal: Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2011

Elegant, delicate, and breathtaking. The perfect gown for a bride who wants her wedding to have that romantic, vintage feel.

© Democracy Diva, 2010.

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