Sometimes essentiality is the best way to astonish. 
A super basic black or white dress is like a white canvas: 
you can write your story on and around it.
Let's think about that: it's more difficult to create an original and eccentric dress or a super basic item wich can become a classic?
As Vivienne Westwood I would say the first one, as Hubert de Givenchy I would say the second one.
What's sure is that a dress with a basic design can't be inelegant,
wherease an eccentric design can't guarantee a good look.

The tendencies for SS 2011 presented on catwalks are so many.
From colorful items (Jil Sander, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Loewe) to hippie like (Anna Sui, Bensoni), from animalier (Blumarine, Cavalli) to minimalism.

Here some images from SS 2011 catwalks under the cathegory of "minimalism/essential"

3.Fashion East
4.Roland Mouret
5.Derek Lam
6.Bruuns Bazar
7.Graeme Armour
8.Philip Lim

Main colors: Black,white
Design: Little dresses, longuettes, maxi dresses. Long, and short sleeves. Geometric cuts
Key word: Minimalism
Wear with: gold jewels and pumps with black ones, silver jewels and flats with white ones
Occasion: dinner parties, cocktail parties, aperitif

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