There was something sublime about the muted vibe at Ohne Titel's fall 2010 show. Most likely, it was the mix of rich drab on the runway, Exit Art's cozy benches and French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld in the front row, with daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in tow.
Ohne Titel has gained the earnest respect of the top of the fashion industry in just a few short years, and rightfully so. Their minimalist aesthetic translates quietly but significantly in all their perfectly constructed garments and edgy-cool looks. This season, we saw the signature simplicity, jazzed up impeccably with rich shearling, creamy leathers, mesh and even some crystals. Tailoring remained strong as it harmonized with draping in the whole medley of materials. Our head spun gleefully between sporty spice and androgynous power dressing and a supremely intelligent belted fur jacket constructed from loden shearling leather in the back. Gasp.
The color palette of pale military green, soft gray, cream and black complemented the models' beauty regimen of dirty, straight hair and totally dressed-down makeup with a dewy finish. The clothes spoke -- well, sang -- for themselves.
Plus, we like Exit Art. With two rows of benches comprising seating, it's a great way to actually see a runway show -- not to mention a powerful front row within non-focusing iPhone camera range. Editorial heavyweights joined Roitfeld, including Vogue's Hamish Bowles, Suzy Menkes and good old Mickey Boardman and Lynn Yaeger, all looking dapper as can be, and we were pumped to see the collection a stone's throw from their seats.