Bernard Chandran SS11

After an amazing AW10 collection from Bernard Chandran, he continues get better this season by perfecting his trademark of finding inspiration in things truly Malaysian and giving it his own modern twist. Many have taken the more literal approach and have failed, while Bernard Chandran has continued to create pieces that are luxe without going OTT. This season he give his ingenious take on traditional wear, and kerawang applications, a traditional Malay technique of embroidery and cut work.

The use of metallics, silk, leather and rich colours of dark green, gold and maroons set the tone throughout the collection. There are beautiful cocktail dresses cinched at the waist, shirt dresses with exaggerated pockets, and angular, structured paneled pieces that paired with the softness of the chiffon that should contrast but instead complement each other perfectly. Bernard continues this play on opposites throughout the collection with exaggerated shoulders paired with a super short hem line.

We like Bernard Chandran’s detailing for his loose interpretation of the kerawang and for his nature inspired print on the fabric, waist belts knotted around the waist and just the right amount of embellishment here and there. The icing on the cake for the SS11 collection definitely goes to the beautiful (and towering) winged stilettos. Heels are getting chunkier by the season, so Bernard Chandran’s delicate stilettos are so refreshing to see. Bravo to Bernard Chandran for creating yet another wonderful collection that is understated, elegant and all together a completely wearable collection.

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