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Jean Charles de Castelbajac Fall 2012 Runway Review

Jean Charles de Castelbajac, the man that made Lego and Disney-inspired pieces look chic, went in a darker direction for his Fall 2012 collection. Inspired by Iceland, the collection was called Fire on Ice and featured a slew of aggressive looks – who wants to mess with a girl in a red cape coat with huge black eagle wings printed on it or one with the bottom of her face drowned in an oversized collar? The aggressive nature of the looks were underlined with the color palette; while all the primary colors made appearances in bright ways, they were always mixed with black creating the overall dark feel. That said, this is still a collection to be taken lightly and there was much to love in the cartoonish bird heads and patterns that added humor to classically cut pieces, notably the tweed suits and monochrome tops.

Similarly, blanket coats and the graphically printed separates were highly covetable and, giving the tiger belt Lanvin showed this season a run for its money, was a Catelbajac eagle version.