I’ve had a lot of love for David Dixon lately, thanks largely to a few gorgeous pieces I picked up at a recent sample sale and have been wearing all around town (see here and here). The flattering designs, high quality workmanship and very practical details (i.e. hidden pockets in cocktail dresses!) have made Dixon a personal favourite, so I was looking forward to his Fall 2011 show at LG Fashion Week. When delays earlier on in the evening caused his show to run 1.5 hours late, I was exhausted but determined to stay to see his “Reunion” show, celebrating Dixon’s 16 years in the business.
Opening with a short retrospective of his work over the last 16 years and an emotional tribute to his late parents, Dixon then took us to Jakarta, the inspiration for his Fall 2011 collection. From the fierce leopard print number that kicked off the show to the beautifully-draped red gown that closed it, what came down the runway made staying up way past my bedtime incredibly worth it. While the styling was lacking (why the cheap-looking patterned tights and open-toe wedge booties?), it did not distract from the elegant designs. The animal and tribal print dresses and separates gave the collection a distinct Indonesian flair, and were so chic that even this print-fearing gal wanted a piece. Not to be missed among the Jakarta-inspired looks were Dixon’s signature evening dresses, including a petal-skirt cocktail dress right up my alley.
No Barbie by David Dixon collection was shown this season, but it wasn’t missed (by me, anyway). What Dixon created for his main line for Fall 2011 included enough covetable pieces for me – I didn’t need a whole other line to tempt me as well!