Friday, October 1, 2010

Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 Pt 2: Anne Valerie Hash & retrospective (2002 - present)

Anne Valerie Hash

For SS'11, Anne Valerie Hash experimented with structure and flow, with a subtle yet powerful sense of color. The beautiful palette consisted of pale makeup hues worn with silvery grays, with a dash of spicy saffron. drapey fabrics like georgette, mousseline, washed leather, and cotton jersey : fresh, feminine, and eminently wearable look.

For all the softness and light, though, the focus was on tailoring, with beautifully cut jackets blazers as well as and pants, t-shirts and skirts with a mille-feuille of ruffles, and beautiful soft draping:

I have been a long-standing fan of Anne Valerie Hash's since around 2003. Her first runway show was in 2002, when she had already garnered a hip following for her signature way of reworking classic men’s tailoring to fit a woman’s body. Her collections were mostly Couture until 2008, when she started designing ready-to-wear. I find it amusing that often she would show mostly black pieces for Spring/Summer collections and soft colours for Fall/Winter. I have tried to pick two of my favourite pieces of each of her collections, as a retrospective...except for Fall 2005, which was my favourite collection of hers, with loose and drifty pieces in fragile tulles, floppy silks, washed leathers, and frayed-edge damasks in a palette of putty, face-powder pink, and watery green.

Fall 2010 RTW

Spring 2010 CTR

Spring 2010 RTW

Fall 2009 RTW

Spring 2009 CTR

Spring 2009 RTW

Fall 2008 CTR

Fall 2008 RTW

Spring 2008 RTW

Spring 2008 CTR

Spring 2006 CTR

Fall 2005 CTR

Spring 2005 CTR

Fall 2004 CTR

Spring 2004 CTR

Fall 2003 CTR

Spring 2003 CTR

Fall 2002 CTR


  1. Anne Valerie Hash has always been my favorite designer because her clothes always have three qualities that i feel as a designer, i am drawn to. femininity, edginess with a slight sex appeal. The ss/10 lacks edginess. This collection feels more like a contemporary Calvin Kline then what i would exspect from a seasoned couturier.


  2. The Spring 2003 couture exaggerated ruffle collar coat/dress!!! I DREAM for that!!!!

  3. Yours is one of my favourite blogs but I've felt too 'shy' to leave a comment before. Had to do it for this post which I thought was brilliant! Hope you'll have more such retrospectives.

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  5. Azede - I know what you're saying...I have noticed that in the past few years AVH has become more 'commercial', especially since her collections are now RTW instead of CTR. But I still see her 'couturier' skills even in her beautiful tailoring.

    Pret a Porter P - I totally agree with you!!! Isn't it glorious? Ok, maybe wrong choice of word...I think that is why I love wearing my Alpha60 pleated scarf fanned out like that...

    Jade - Thx for your comment! Please don't feel shy in the future to post some more ;) I have been wanting to do a retrospective on Dries Van Noten for so long, but would require at least one post per year or collection, as I would find it hard to edit each one down! :)


  6. What a journey! I actually really love it all. Thanks for that.

    Lela London

  7. I remember fall 2005 that was such a beautiful collection ! Wanted all the fluffy pieces !