Patrik Ervell men's shirt, J. Crew vest, Ralph Lauren Blue Label jacket, random stirrup leggings, Ralph Lauren Collection bootsSuzy Menkes put it, androgynously elegant woman. The clothes are almost an afterthought--albeit a impeccably chosen and tailored afterthought. In a similar vein, Rochas designer Marco Zanini wanted to reference "your own closet"; to make the clothing personal, an appendage of the woman. And, although perhaps with a smidge less penache than Dries, Zanini also succeeded at creating clothes that were more than the almagamation of the 40s --->70s--->90s progression that we've seen all over S/S 2011. These were throroughly modern collections precisely because they went beyond literal references to the very heart and soul of the woman. She is the one to determine the success or failure of each piece on her own terms. The designers were just there to give her the tools and some (great) suggestions.
Dries Van Noten S/S 2011 (via vogue.com):
Dying for these wide-legged pants!
Rochas S/S 2011 via wwd.com):