Today in Fashion Week:October 7th

October 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

The fateful day has come at last. Though the season has seemed enormously short this season, this is it folks. We’ve got our last day of shows to get to, and then you’re free to salivate over your favorites and dig them up a year from now at a warehouse sale.

Louis Vuitton





















After last season’s fantastic collection, anything Marc Jacobs could have sent down the runway would have been a major disappointment. The joke’s on us, however, because that seems to be his intention judging by the sheer hilarity of today’s show. Yes, everyone, there were afros, with bows nonetheless. The clothes were in slightly better taste but not much of an improvement. Though I commend Jacobs for trying something new, there’s a reason no one’s gone here before. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

RIP Irving Penn

October 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

The inimitable fashion photographer died today at 92. His legacy and incredible body of work will forever be cherished.

Today in Fashion Week:October 6th

October 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

You didn’t think I’d miss this, did you? It’s the second-to-last day of the last Fashion Week of Fashion Month and we’ve gotta power through the extremely relevant shows tonight. Let’s go, vamanos, etc.

Chanel





















Karl Lagerfeld claimed to be getting back to his roots with a barnyard themed collection, an inevitability given his new fondness for Vermont. The show had its chicer moments, but there’s something off. Maybe it has something to do with being American, but this reference is a bit hard to accept. All these drab affectations that we were meant to be believe were the epitome of tastelessness, these are the new hot things? No, in fact, the entire thing comes across as somewhat of a gimmick. Luckily Spring is the time for superficiality, but Karl better get real come Fall. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 5th

October 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

We’re coming to a close on Paris Fashion Week, the last of the bunch. Today is the third-to-last day. And boy will that time fly by. So take some time to reflect, I know I sure have, before we start the post.

Stella McCartney


























Stella McCartney was very much herself, with a sunny collection that was decidedly optimistic. The breezy tunics et cetera were Summery and relaxed, but things were a little sophomoric when McCartney veered from this course. It’s understandable that she wants to spread her wings a bit, but it’d be wise to stick to what she knows best. And she did, for the most part, so kudos. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week: October 4th

October 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Ok, so we’re one day behind. I guess punctuality is not my thing nowadays. However, I’m still hoping to get today’s post on time, so let’s get yesterday’s out of the way.

Karl Lagerfeld
























While Chanel becomes more and more dislodged from the modern scheme of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld manages to prove his relevance today with his namesake label. Particularly in the past few seasons, he has offered quite a sharp vision with the collection. This season was all black and white, but found its original footing with geometric shapes that only Lagerfeld could hope to achieve. At times, these shapes became a bit overwrought and unflattering, but the highlights of the show were enough to make it a success. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 3rd

October 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

Feeling quirky? No? Too bad, because today seems to be monopolized by the state of being. I could list off the quirky designers slated for today, but…you’re about to see them, so it’d be kind of redundant.

Junya Watanabe







































Junya Watanabe seemed to be about integration. Granted, this may be over-analytic, but immediately something jumped out at me. Though the clothing was impressively sharp and simplistic, the focus was on the anomaly:the turban. Again, I approach this with the acknowledgment that I’m going out on a limb, but I couldn’t help but think of the persecution of Muslims in the Western world, specifically in France. Of course, Watanabe has done turbans before, but always accompanied by clothing that equaled them. This time around, what makes things seem different is how “normal” the pieces are. The turbans stick out, much like they do in real life in the West. Then again, turbans aren’t new to fashion, and are beautiful whether they have social connotations or not. But either way, food for thought. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 1st & 2nd

October 3, 2009 § Leave a comment

Umm, hello. Whoopsy-daisy I’m late again. I uh, got run over by a bus? Let’s catch up.

Balenciaga




























Rather than bask in the glow of last season’s drastically different and fantastically pervasive collection, Nicolas Ghesquiere returned to what he knows best this Spring: futuristically-inclined streetwear. But it was no rehash. Rather than the more tired concepts he had been showing when he last worked under this theme, the look was quite forward this season. The fabrics had the modern edge he’s known for, the hooded vests will be ubiquitous in the magazine editorial world come next Spring, and the bodycon silhouette has never seemed so refined. Somehow Ghesquiere manages to repeat the same aesthetic without it becoming tiring. This season certainly keeps that tradition going. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

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