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Raoul Fashion Spring-Summer 2011 Report

The Raoul spring-summer 2011 collections feature a full range of ready-to-wear clothing for both men and women, focusing on the aspects of lightness that emphasize giving the wearer maximum independence to enjoy fun outdoor activities while still looking fashionably edgy.

Traveling spirit

Rain was pouring down along the streets of Singapore on the night of Raoul’s spring-summer 2011 presentation, yet the less-than-friendly weather did not discourage the invited guests nor hamper the festive mood of the event.

Uniquely taking place in a warehouse revamped into a stylish runway theater fit for a proper fashion show, arriving guests were immediately treated to a refreshing blast of champagne, wine and cocktails.
Excellently prepared amuse-bouche, mini-pancakes as well as several other bite-sized canapés tickled the guests’ taste buds as they mingled around the venue to greet familiar faces and business partners talking about the love they share for Raoul’s collection.

Husband-and-wife Creative Director team Douglas and Odile Benjamin, the two major artistic drivers behind the brand, joined in on the celebration as they warmly greeted all the VIP invitees and press corps.
Although curious patrons kept asking about the soon-to-be-revealed collection, the couple smiled on and replied, “Just sit back and enjoy the show. We know you will.” All this took place as they eagerly made glances to the huge neatly closed wooden door by the side of the room, the only thing keeping them from seeing Raoul’s pre-spring-summer 2011 collection.

Finally, the moment descended upon them. As the announcer welcomed the guests, the sturdy door slowly opened up, revealing a brighter, larger and more glamorous hall filled with seats by the red-carpet runway. With wine and champagne still in hand, the guests started filling the seats.

More meeting, mingling and greeting accompanied by rhythmically hip music took place as the final preparations for the show were underway. After everyone was comfortably seated and the crew gave the final ready signal, the models glamorously started their choreographed parade down the catwalk and everyone in attendance was duly awed.

Light, classic combination

Inspired by the spirit of travel, Raoul’s pre-spring-summer 2011 collection is enhanced by enigmatic seams and clothing styles.

This season, Raoul is all about light and breezy looks, with muted shades of beige and gray dominating the occasional playful pieces. Outdoor-friendly pieces, especially polo shirts and light jeans and pants, dominate the ready-to-wear collection.

A collection of all-day pieces such as a button-down jumpsuit, light cardigans, leather loafers and Bermuda shorts are available to choose from to fulfill any man’s fashion needs for the upcoming sun-soaked season. Accessories such as the leather messenger bag have been created to perfectly blend in with the lifestyles for those who love to travel light.

Additionally, the Raoul cruise collection features a full range of ready-to-wear clothing for both men and women, focusing on the aspects of lightness that emphasize giving the wearer maximum independence to enjoy fun outdoor activities while still looking fashionably edgy.

A very seaside-friendly wardrobe dominated by silhouettes of the 1970s, the T-Shirts and lightweight jackets are fashionably crafted to be worn all day, even on a hot, sunny day.

To convey professional smarts, a good jacket from Raoul’s new line as well as the less formal pieces and pants, perk up everything else.

Decorated with solid classic colors of beige, navy, cream and brown in a nod to the late 1970s, the theme of Raoul’s 2011 collections seem to be on the perfect track for fashionistos to look out for.

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