Sunday, September 20, 2009

Modern Minimalism

Minimalism in ’09 is nothing like minimalism in the 90’s. Designers aren’t afraid to experiment with texture and fabrics, such that spare dressing is anything but boring, with fab cutouts, folds, and color. Witness the modern minimalism on the runways.
First photo: Serge Leblon via fotodecadent; runway photos via style.com except where noted.
BCBG Max Azria
Brian Reyes; this and next via nymag.com
Chado Ralph Rucci
Commuun, via Paris Vogue
Derek Lam
Giambattista Valli
Giles
Isaac Mizrahi pre-fall
Jil Sander
Narciso Rodriguez pre-fall
Victoria Beckham, via nymag.com
Alice + Olivia sequin pencil dress, at standardstyle.com.
D&G satin sheath; this and next three at net-a-porter.com.
Markus Lupfer Eva studded felt dress.
Jil Sander sculpted wool crepe dress.
Preen Swoosh silk dress.
Jonathan Saunders satin sleeveless shift, at theOutnet.com.
Tibi strapless dress; this and next three at shopbop.com.
Deal of the Day 1: T by Alexander Wang long sleeve dress, $87.
Diane von Furstenberg Valda dress.
Torn by Ronny Kobo long one-shoulder dress.
Deal of the Day 2: BB Dakota tangerine Shirley dress, $70 at Chickdowntown.com.
Black Halo Jackie O dress, at shoplaonline.com.
Rick Owens wool leather-sleeved coat, at net-a-porter.com.
What does minimalism mean to you this fall, darlings?
xoxox,
CC
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75 comments:

Keith said...

Hey there. Great post. I hope you've been having a wonderful weekend. Take care. Cheers!

Erika said...

I really quite like the Chado Ralph Rucci. It's so simple it's splendrous! :)

Sher said...

The Jackie O dress all the way, but add a spot of pearls. Classic!

Iva said...

Hope you are having a great weekend CC! Love the BCBG Max Azria Dress!

janettaylor said...

Not my fave style but def suit anything kitchy things = my style! Mhmmmmm... <3

XoXo

Laura Trevey said...

LOVE this post...
Enjoy your Sunday Carrie!!

xo Laura

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love all these pieces. So simple and yet so classy. :)

tiltumaria said...

Ooooh gorgeous! Love this post once again darling!
xxx

Kathy said...

Nice post sweetie!

stilettolover91 said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I love that pic of the model in that black dress & black peep-toe pumps. Awesome post!!

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Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

OMG, everything here is gorgeous! Love the Jackie O dress though!!!

alexkeller said...

minimalism - probably means i'll be back in my skinny jeans with boots and a basic tee. and i'm accessorizing with big pendants lately...

Leah said...

This I so totally love. I'm a minimalist myself, sometimes I know I tend to be boring. But I just love the minimal look. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Sher said...

Hi CC, all these designs bring to my mind Victoria Beckham's first collection:) I quite like her simple, sleek lines...

Sweety P said...

Lovely picks! My fave is BCBG!

LPC said...

This is the kind of fashion High WASPs like. Where the design imperative is built in, vs. added on.

Darrah said...

For me, minimalism means sticking with the classics. I'm trying to buy more basic pieces that will last. Then I'll get trendy with accessories!

Terence Sambo said...

dat Brian Reyes dress speaks to me :o]

meraldia said...

Great selection, Carrie! I adore the ladylike style!
xxxx

K.Line said...

I LOVE this style. Everything appeals here.

Belle de Ville said...

Love these looks...so "grown up" chic.

Couture Cookie said...

Narciso always gets it right! I love admiring designs this style, although I almost never dress like this myself!

actanon_verba said...

preciosos vestidos!
no sabria con cual de todos qedarme!:)
1besitooo

Little Rus said...

Valli is pure perfection! x

Tiana said...

definitely one of my favourite trends, even though i'm pretty much the epitome of maximalism ;)

xo,
SORINO

missDTM said...

such fabulous styles and shapes. i want it all!

Mimi said...

I love the shapes. Those dresses are drop-dead gorgeous! :)

FabBlab said...

Adore the orange shift! Lovely.

alwayslistentoyourart said...

thanks for your sweet comment!

XOXO

C'

Petra Bellejambes said...

Thanks for yesterdays lace piece Carrie. So many good looks today, for so fortunate girls with figures that can withstand very close inspection for flaws ... I suppose I still love the Alice + Olivia though...

Girl can dream ....

Thanks! Petra

LifestyleBohemia said...

LOVE the Black Halo dress! Fantastic selections.
Hope you're having a great weekend!
xx

Maria Confer said...

I love minimalistic styles on others, but not myself. I feel to bare and plain. ;)

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pretty*pink*rat said...

Love the cutout dresses! So innovative.

And as always, thanks for continuing to stop by my blog, I love your comments!

Happy Sunday!

Make Do Style said...

Oh I love modern minimalism and can't wait for the Jil Sander collaboration with Unqlo at end of month.

nookie said...

these are great!

Lily G. said...

These dresses are gorgeous! lovelovelove.

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Love all thses dresses, very matur yet beautiful!
XOXOXO
Libby
http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

Cassiopeia said...

Gorgeous. I love Raf Simons for Jil Sander's take on it... So looking forward to the Uniqlo collab. Xxxc

Charlie said...

Love the Halo and Victoria Beckham dresses. They are so feminine and sexy without being over the top.

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rossovelvet said...

Beatufiul examples ! Today I found a word to describe this trend (minimalistic 2009): midimalistic. It sounds stupid but it kinda describe my idea xD

HiFashion said...

I love these minimalistic pieces. I am in love with that Giambattista Valli one. So elegant and classy.

Madeleine said...

Minimalist = elegant when well done, think Audrey Hepburn in a black dress.

Have a wonderful week Carrie

xoxox

Sylvie

Bradford said...

Just proves less is always more.

HEK said...

Ahh! Modern minimalism.. Music in my ears! I'm Scandinavian, so maybe that's why this appeals to me so much? ;)
Lovely selection!

Jaime said...

Minimalism really isn't my thing but i totally appreciate the look (and genius of the designers). I really like the GV dress- fabulous. And I would def go minimal to wear it :)

Brigadeiro said...

LOVE minimalism, even though I do not often 'subscribe' to it. Loved Calvin Klein SS2010's collection! Minimalist but with amazing textures and detailing...
xx

thesydneygirl said...

love this post! the Alice + Olivia is gorgeous! x

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

i loved the last two posts. i love lace and i am just getting into minimalism.

freeteyme said...

i love all of these! i want to clear out my closet and replace these!

S.Elisabeth said...

Love thiss! I love minimalism and the structures are to die for!

AX80 said...

Less is truly more yet it's so justified with the use of color and texture. I feel Calvin Klein's S/S collections have been a great example of this. Clean designs with intricate feeling.

Fashion Court said...

i totally love that gray dress! eek! haha

Trixy said...

Simple can be so classy!

Porcelain Blonde said...

Oh! So much gorgeousness here.
I'd wear pretty much all of it :)
Love clean, elegant lines - so flattering.

Have a fabby week Miss CC! <3 xxx

Patty Ann said...

loveeeee. when i want to know what the new hot trend is, or find some inspiring pictures, i always come your site! its the best, do you have a background in fashion or other jobs in the fashion industry before you started blogging??? you always know just how to describe things, and spot the trends so well!
xxx

AlphaBetaChic.blogspot.com

Pratishtha Durga said...

Minimalism is lost on most Indian designers. Yet, interestingly, basic, fluid cuts are what makes an outfit timeless. I love the selection in your post. Hope you had a great weekend.

Amelia said...

That first picture is so lovely! I don't really do minimalism, though...

Imogen said...

I absolutely love the first blue dress in this post. So beautiful.

pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

WOW, all the pieces you posted are simple yet stunning and i'm especially in love with that orange Jil Sander number, it's perfection!

Thank You for your comment too, made me smile :D!

-Daria

Juliet said...

I love this, if I'd have the money for the quality I'd be all over it.

juliet xxx

Little Red said...

Fab post! I love these pieces!

Carrie said...

I love the shape and structure of these dresses. That one white dress is one of my favourites from the Giambattista's S/S 09 collection. I love how much volume there is to the bottom half of the dress.

beckyxoxo said...

those dresses are so pretty i love love ! beautiful :D

Anika said...

CC, I adore this one. There's nothing quite like modern minimalism in my book. And then throw in an OTT accessory or two. Just because you can ;)

Love this, thanks for the sharing.

Hope all is well with you at your end of the world :D

daisychain said...

this post is perfection

kpeach New York, NY said...

really amazing, the detail make the looks incredible-and that black one shouldered from shopbop is amazing

Laura said...

For me minimalism rimes with Japan (Yamamoto, for exemple) Straingh lines, plain fabrics (grey, white or black) ... I am sure you see what I mean - you know better.

♥ Cara Mia ♥ said...

not really my style but i appreciate the designs :)

Gabbi said...

Gorgeousness dear CC, my favorite is the Isaac Mizrahi outfit... ♥

stylewithbenefits said...

Love these dresses. That one-shoulder black dress is hott! I really want to get a Complex Geometries dress which is minimal but the layering puts a modern twist to it. Fab post, CC!

xo, Becs

Susan said...

oh yes, mimimalism rocks!
xoxo

Yofany said...

nice dresses!!

Style Redux 2 said...

Some lovely examples of minimalism that are anything but dull.

The Seeker said...

I do agree with Style Redux 2 comment!!!!
Great picks, dear

xoxo