Friday, May 13, 2011

Hello Lover!

Blame Darren Aronofsky and Natalie “could-she-be-any-more-perfect” Portman, but ballet is having a bit of a moment right now. Models everywhere are sporting painfully tight topknots a la Centre Stage (sadly no sparkly red ballet shoes) and pretty pinks featured heavily on the Spring '11 runways.

Australian label Lover’s Autumn/Winter '11 collection, “A Dance for One,” also takes its cue from ballet. Despite this overtly feminine inspiration, the range leaves behind the brand’s trademark sweetness for a darker, more forward collection. Neutral pieces in luxe silk are given life through injections of spidery lace and unexpected volume. Season staples like a gorgeous camel coat and '70s inspired flares deserve a place in your wardrobe, as do each of the three black lace dresses featured in the collection. And there is nothing excessive about that at all.

The pallet is muted pastels and crisp whites, but what this collection lacks in punchy colour it makes up for in texture and daring silhouettes. If I see someone on the street wearing the tapered above-the-knee leather shorts, I will kiss them. To be honest, not all of the collection is 100% wearable. I am still trying to think of an occasion appropriate for a heavy knit cream onesie. If you have any ideas, let me know!

Still, overall it’s a pretty stellar collection and not hard to see why the likes of Ms Alexa Chung are major fans of the label. Thankfully for you (and your wardrobe) Lover can be found at Brisbane's The Loft. Get into it. Now.