She’s one of the coolest cult-status Parisian designers, so when Vanessa Bruno declares Scandinavian folk as the look for fall-winter 2011, the ladies of the Left Bank and beyond take note. From the basis of simple tunics and shirt dresses in crisp cotton, Vanessa Bruno’s new collection is all about layering: add angora knits, mohair cardigans and full length coats and finish with a fur collar worn as a necklace. Skirts were super short but again were layered and were worn with knee-high cashmere socks, as well as slouchy boots. Romantic, innocent and a touch bohemian, Bruno’s ultra cool creations were – except for the all winter white looks – also easy to wear.

What inspired Vanessa Bruno FW11?

“Vanessa Bruno is playing with a contemporary vocabulary targeting girls who stride purposefully down the street. Silhouettes that reek of today, a will to offer a gentle attitude, humble but constructed, structured. A significant urge.

This symphony, a bit pastoral is not only a story of heritage, but beckons towards the warmth of rich materials, combining the softness of a contemporary somewhat 70's silhouette with arts and crafts of today. Almost a modest allure inspired by Bergman's heroines like Liv
Ulmann. But these women could also find shelter in a seaside cottage in the movie Persona as well as roaming on Park Avenue on a sunny winter day.”

The Collection at a Glance:

Layering is key to the look, beginning with tunic dresses and peasant blouses and finished with full-length coats. Skirts are short and coupled with slouchy knee-high boots.

Creams and whites mixed with rusty pinks and pistachio.

Soft cottons, tight and shaggy knits, angora, mohair, velvet, chiffon for the dresses, a splash of bronze brocade on a swing coat and fur trims.

Cashmere socks pulled to the knee and matched with slouchy boots in leather and suede. Detachable fur collars worn as necklaces. Rich leather totes or patchwork bags made from Scandinavian rugs. Also: clog sandals.