If there is one message Falls designers Leong Ong and Phillip Leeming want you to take away from their Fall 2010 collection it is “being one of the boys.” Falls’ latest not only incorporates menswear shapes but also has the spirit of pioneering, liberation, and making a mark as a lady amongst men. High-waist shorts and forties style trousers styled with oxfords and work boots reflect the influence of their muse: Lee Miller. Miller was a model turned combat photojournalist for World War II and the Falls presentation is inspired by her story and style.
Contrasting the menswear styling are silk chiffon, light dresses, and feminine detailed sweaters. Some pieces include ivy and oak leaf prints in shades of silver, pink, and plum. The updated floral prints were custom-made by the designers after seeing photographer Nick Knight’s book “Flora” and his use of shocking pinks and contrast in his images. The bright and feminine palette combines well over neutral greys and black to present a cohesive Fall collection.
Also combining both the masculine and feminine styling of Falls is their capsule collection of shoes. Three styles will be available for Fall 2010 in their first endeavor into shoes and in collaboration with Heutchy. Leather lace work boots, half biker boots, and classic oxfords are definitely borrowed from the boys with feminine twists including colors to match their floral print palette.
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