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Friday, October 21st 2011

Raoul Designer Odile Benjamin on the F/W 2011 Collection

Fashion loves a throwback, and the classic-made-modern silhouettes in the Raoul fall 2011 collection hearken back to the put-together days of the ’60s and ’70s (think clean lines and bold colorblocking). We talked with the woman behind this feminine-favorite line, Odile Benjamin.

Shopbop: The fall collection found inspiration in the Pan Am and Braniff girls of the late ’60s and early ’70s. How do these styles apply to the modern woman?
Odile Benjamin: Although the inspiration was borrowed from the stunning uniforms of the glamorous airline girls from the ’60s and ’70s, when it came to the actual collection, the execution was modern and updated. There is a certain sense of nostalgia and reminiscence that comes across, but none of the looks or silhouettes are a direct interpretation of that era. There is a certain ease and confidence in the styling that will definitely appeal to the modern woman.

SB: What is your favorite piece from the fall collection? How do you wear it?
OB: It would have to be the Carly dress in Ultra Violet for its understated luxury, worn with black stockings, a block heel, and no other detracting accessories.

SB: The current collection is primarily made up of solids, but looking at a sneak peek of the spring 2012 collection, I saw a pretty floral print. Do you plan to do more with prints in the future?
OB: We love prints! But you are correct in that we kept them to a minimum for fall/winter 2011, primarily because we felt that they did not lend themselves to the spirit of that collection. However, we have developed some great prints, coming up for resort 2012 and spring/summer 2012.

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