style.com: Julian Louie Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear review
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NEW YORK, February 17, 2011
By Alison Baenen
“This is the non-inspiration season,” Julian Louie said at his temporary studio (he’s currently sharing space with friend Pamela Love) the day after a video presentation of his collection at The Box. Rather than explore some far-flung theme, the designer said he “started with color.”
Beginning with the basics—a primary palette of red, yellow, and blue—Louie first took on shoes, the third collection he’s made in collaboration with Aldo. Last season’s ikat wedges were picked up for production, and this season’s color-blocked heels, with elements of deconstructed Top-Siders and loafers, should fare equally well. Super-cute is the only way to describe them.
The clothes got color-blocked, too. A camel and gray paneled wool peacoat had geometric insets in lacquered black cotton and an oversize baby blue plastic zipper. Cheeky and cool, it made you think of Legos, in a good way. The crepe de chine tops, reminiscent of men’s dress shirts, had printed cotton sleeves and contrasting fabric across the shoulders. And a simple notch-front vest in eye-catching red would be one good way to get your color fix.