Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Spring '11. Douglas Hannant Sweetens the Deal

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Summary: Candy-colored confections reigned at the Douglas Hannant spring/summer 2011 runway show, held at Hannant's regular venue and site of his boutique—The Plaza Hotel. In an exclusive interview I got to have with Hannant himself before the show, he told me that he wanted the philosophy of his spring collection to be fun and not cerebral, hence his choosing of the carefree and vivacious Doris Day as his muse. The theme of the collection was simply called "Candy", which was clearly apparent in every delicious treat that came down the runway. The color palette blossomed with meringue and cotton candy, sweet strapless frocks resembled multi-tiered treats and voluminous bows on the fronts and sides of pieces were quite literally the icing on the cake. Hannat articulated he wanted his clothing to be beautiful and uplifting, like clothes should be. He noted, "Clothing should make you feel better than you are," adding his sweetly designed line was intended to make one feel optimistic when looking toward the future.

Color Palette: yellow, blush, rose, lavender, black, white, cream, silver, ice blue, green, nude, metallic


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Fabrics and Textures: crinkled, pleated, bows, chiffon, silk, organza, shantung, sateen, jersey, cotton, eyelet, plaid, leather

Key Looks: Yellow Leather Trenchcoat, metallic sheath dress, white bow front blouse, blush strapless dress, sateen gown with ruched top

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: WWD


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