By Alexander Patino
POSTED February 13, 2011
G Star RAW Ready-to-wear Fall/Winter 2011
The Surgeons of Denim Scale Back on the Party and Refocus on the Clothes
G-Star RAW shows are always quite the romp. Whether if it's models on a conveyer belt runway or in the massive interloping highways of last year's fall show at the Hammerstein Ballroom -
it's the brand's killer showmanship that helps to rack in those hordes of A-list celebrities every season. But season after season - that theatricality has been trimmed down more and more.
It's possible that such measures have been taken as mere opportunity cost - maybe people stopped paying attention to the clothes.
Which is unwarranted, given G-Star's unmatched denim wizardry - it's the line's brilliant 3D denim experimentations that allows a "denim" line to show and honestly deserve a place at
MBFW. This season saw G-Star's sensibilities geared across the pond, with a fresh and whimsical Britishness. The first coat, a paneled, snap button Crown coat, closed at the jugular and
left open at the bottom managed to feel like deconstructed military while keeping all of that essential femininity. There was definitely a focus on volume at play in many of both the men's and
women's pants, like in a pair of white Melon pants that was on just the right side Stormtrooper, as well as in a woman's Terra pant, which was given a nice harem pant proportion. It's no
wonder a certain pair of men's pants was appropriately named the Charlie pant, given its fun Vector clown/Jester proportion.
Just as a Frankenstone cape doubles as a coat and a light denim is reconfigured into a man's cummerbund - the intermixing continues into the use of print in both the menswear and the
womenswear. A women's hunter green Terra long skirt is immediately followed by a beautiful Hobart trench coat in the same print. The conceit carries on and never loses its flavor. Maybe
they were onto something with cutting back the razzle-dazzle. Maybe we had all started to lose focus of the point in it all.