When Louis Mairone launched his first collection last year for his label Dominic Louis, the New York-based designer did so with a clear aesthetic and a confident execution. As Louis comes to showcase his second Fall collection, the designer’s ability to create sophisticated and refined collections becomes almost a trademark.
And Dominic Louis’ Fall 2011 collection too is characteristically marked by the designer. Dark and dystopian, Mairone has changed his aesthetic little since Fall, and for that we’re grateful. The designer’s direction for Fall was similar, of course, but a distinction arises within the construction. Mairone creates a clever contrast of soft and hard by presenting luxury in an unrefined way. The designer combines materials like python, mink, leather and wool to create looks that are rough and opulent.
Mairone’s collection is accomplished. With a royal, almost ecclesiastical feel, mixed with dark sensibilities, the collection has wandered little from the designer’s characteristic aesthetic while still managing to feel refreshing, particularly in contrast with Spring’s minimalism.
(images: Dominic Louis via Nouveau-PR)