March 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
Hello all! This should hopefully, if everything goes according to plan, be the last mega-update before we get back to the daily, punctual posts. So let’s get through these shows, for the love of god.
In a season where pretty and feminine are again becoming buzzwords, Alber Elbaz didn’t seem to be on board. Perhaps it was just the ubiquitous black wigs that nearly obscured the models’ identities playing tricks on us, but there seemed to be a dark streak to the girl he designed for this season. The techniques he’s built a reputation on, like Grecian drapery and bias cut, were largely eschewed in favor of more masculine tailoring and more constrictive fits. No matter, because when a show’s good it’s good. His glitzier side of things this time around had tribal underpinnings, with dresses that focused more on intricate feather detailing than fit. All in all, it was his strongest effort in a few seasons, which is saying a lot. How is it that someone can always be so right? The world will never know.
March 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
You can all breathe a sigh of relief. The Paris shows are upon us, and though I’m fashionably late in getting to them, I have finally been fashionably motivated to do so. I know I literally say this everyday, but we have a TON of shows to look at today. For your viewing pleasure:
Nicolas Ghesquiere was in an experimental mood at Balenciaga this season–as if he ever isn’t. But there was something particularly playful and bold about the offering this time around. Perhaps it was the boxy silhouettes or the headline-splotched pieces (something that could never, ever work outside the context of a Balenciaga show), but the mood was certainly electric and jubilant. There seemed to be an utter disregard for the current standard of beauty. The shapes weren’t dowdy but rather mechanical and robotic in a way. Though they did defy the standard of bodycon, they didn’t seem prudish or directly responsive to it. The show was very much aesthetically connected to last season’s collection, but it was taken to another level. Basics, though incredibly hard to find, were given out-of-this-world dosages of avant garde pep. All in all, it was a thought provoking and immensely interesting show. « Read the rest of this entry »
March 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
Hello again! We’ve got the last day of Milan Fashion Week to get through, and it’s going out with a bang! There’s a lot to see before we can move on to Paris, so let’s get to it.
Where, oh where, would Marni be without a mainstream to defy? Though occasionally ugly for ugly’s sake, Marni was much more in touch with what an off-kilter girl wants this season than the last. The optical prints, very mod in a way, added a nice dose of whimsy that will resonate greatly with customers. Quietly charming and well done. « Read the rest of this entry »