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For my last post on the best of fall 2011 fashion, on the last day of October…Happy Halloween…here are my picks for the top 10 collections of the season!  Drum roll please…

Natalia Vodianova in Stella McCartney

1.  Stella McCartney: For her play on proportion, her super sexy dresses, and her chic modernism.

Natalia Vodianova in Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney fall 2011

Stella McCartney fall 2011

Stella McCartney in Harper’s Bazzaar

A McCartney velvet dress with Tom Ford scorpion necklace.  www.stellamccartney.com

Tom Ford in Vogue

2.  Tom Ford: For his love of dressing women and devotion to creating looks that combine femininity with sensuality.

Lady Gaga in Tom Ford fall 2011

Lady Gaga has been seen in at least 3 Ford looks over the past months.  It’s refreshing to see her dressing more ladylike.

Tom Ford fall 2011

Only Mr. Ford could combine metallic lace with a violet fur coat so chicly.  www.tomford.com

Alexander McQueen fall 2011

3.  Alexander McQueen: For Sarah Burton’s fearlessness in keeping the memory of the late Lee McQueen alive, while bringing her own uniquely feminine vision to the table.

Alexander McQueen fall 2011

The zipper detail on this look is so amazing!

Alexander McQueen fall 2011

Alexander McQueen fall 2011

The bodice and shoes on this exuberant dress are made from pieces of porcelain that have been engineered.

Raquel Zimmermann in Alexander McQueen

The first ad campaign in quite sometime is as ethereal as the fashion.  www.alexandermcqueen.com

Celine fall 2011

4.  Celine: For Phoebe Philo’s modern eye and mix of materials.  She uses leather in the most amazing ways as dresses, tops, etc. and her accessories are some of the most coveted.

Celine fall 2011

Love the faux bois looks conceived in the most modern-cut shapes.

Celine fall 2011

The essential fall layers: the white turtleneck, some fur, and some leather.

Celine fall 2011

She makes leather flow like silk!  www.celine.com

Hanne Gaby Odiele in Dries van Noten

5.  Dries van Noten: For his magical use of prints and effortless mix.  www.driesvannoten.com

Preen fall 2011

6.  Preen: For being a new favorite of the season, and having a start to finish show of completely modern and wearable looks, from pants to dresses.

Preen fall 2011

Preen fall 2011

Preen fall 2011

Aquilano.Rimondi fall 2011

7.  Aquilano.Rimondi: For creating super chic looks reminiscent of the past (slightly 20’s meets 60’s) that Jackie Kennedy would wear in her day, and that modern-day fashionistas should fill their closets with.

Aquilano.Rimondi fall 2011

Alexander Wang fall 2011

8.  Alexander Wang: For being the fashion darling of the moment, but not letting that get the best of him.  He has kept us interested every season!  No one-hit wonder here.  www.alexanderwang.com

Alexander Wang fall 2011

My absolute favorite accessory of the entire season, the heeled loafer, in the prettiest metallics like copper.

Freja Beha Erichsen in Givenchy

9.  Givenchy: For Ricardo Tisci’s wild side he brings to the legendary house, with cat (well panther) accents, orchid prints, and pin-up references.  Lots of sheer fabrics and luxe velvet as well, both very big for the season.  www.givenchy.com

Lanvin fall 2011

10.  Lanvin: For Alber Elbaz’s consistency and surprises.  I don’t recall him using lace before, for instance, but he took that key fall trend and made it completely his own in a few looks.

Lanvin fall 2011

Lanvin fall 2011

Polka dots used widely at the likes of Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney, were more subtle at Lanvin.

Lanvin fall 2011

Lanvin fall 2011

The show ended with a Technicolor treat of pretty dresses.  Lanvin also has the most drool-worthy jewelry and accessories of any other label.  www.lanvin.com

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

-Proenza Schouler

-Michael Kors

-Vera Wang

-Altuzarra

-Chloe

-Prada/MiuMiu

-Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton

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