February 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Ok, I’ll admit it. I got a little burnt out on fashion towards the middle of this week. I have no idea how it happened. Maybe it was the stress of the other myriad responsibilities I face as an average, society-dwelling human, or maybe I just suddenly hate fashion. All I know is, confronted with the possibility of deferring my daily recap a day, I watched a live stream of Proenza Schouler and felt nothing. I genuinely considered whether or not I had somehow damaged my frontal lobe. But I’m back, ready to make use of the short gap between New York and London. This is going to be a less thorough recap than I’d probably do if I were going through each day individually, but I’ll try to give fair breakdowns of the essential shows before I move on to London.
If you were slightly confused by Proenza Schouler this season, you’re not alone. Those prints seemed to dominate the collection, but what were they? Were they tech-inspired pixels, or traditional “heritage” patterns? Well, it’s both, evidently. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez began their conceptualization for the collection with some Native American blankets they collected, but they didn’t stop there. Part of what makes them such interesting, modern designers is that they never take the obvious route. They manipulated those patterns digitally to the point that they became saturated, striking designs. And, with their re-envisioned take on classic silhouettes as a backdrop, it made for one of the most interesting, accomplished outings to come out of New York this season.
September 17, 2010 § 1 Comment
Don’t cry for me Argentina readers. Today is the last day of New York Fashion Week. So far, we haven’t really had a definitive moment. We’ve had a collective yearning for ease and fluidity: longer hemlines, looser fits. So it wasn’t a bust, but I think this season has yet to be spoken for. Maybe someone will change that today?
Western America has been used as a reference point for a couple seasons now, most notably in a D&G collection, but it’s always been cowboy-inspired, tough and gritty. Instead of this female cowboy, Ralph Lauren designed for a cowgirl with his latest collection. Those familiar elements–fringe, suede, and the like—were shown against a more breezy base, the sort of fluid separates that have taken over this season. The collection, as Ralph’s always are, is pretty, practical, and most notably, relevant to real women and the way they want to dress. « Read the rest of this entry »
February 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
You know that feeling when you’ve put something off for so long that the thought of doing it at all seems impossible? Yeah, me neither. Thursday’s post is just a weeeeee bit late today, as life comes at you fast (Thursday) and I’ve been busy looking through the Prada archives (yesterday). Luckily London hosted less than a stellar lineup yesterday, so we’ve only got the one day to catch up on. And it just so happens that it’s the last of New York. Let’s get it over with to it!
Remember that whole neogrunge movement I noticed starting on the first day of the week? Well, with the blessing of Ralph Lauren, it appears to be totally and unequivocally on. The look was so faithful at times that it was like something directly out of 1990. This had some questionable side effects, but Ralph’s modern interpretations made it worth the lesser bits and pieces. One think that’s unmistakable is his reference. The look came out in floor length summery floral dresses layered over long knits, bulky sweaters paired with skirts (floor length again, of course), heavy velvets, and full length men’s coats. Grunge, baby, grunge. It’s not surprising that designers have chosen this as fodder given the circumstances, but nevertheless I’m looking to the development of this look. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 19, 2009 § Leave a comment
My, this post sure is…fashionably late? I do apologize; I was abducted by aliens. Anyway, I can’t leave you hanging on the last day of shows (of course, you didn’t just go to style.com or anything. You’re refreshing this blog waiting for this) so let’s get it out of the way.
After all these years as a fashion force of nature, Ralph Lauren is really just a po’ boy after all. What else could explain the Great Depression-quasi-chic he clouded his runway with? Of course, we know what inspired this move (don’t say the r word. Just don’t), but one wonders what he was thinking. Show me a woman who wants to pay top dollar to look like she raided the men’s section of a Goodwill and I’ll show you someone with way too much money on her hands. Luckily, he wisely balanced this move with a more airy second half of the collection, but the show never recovered from the questionable beginning. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
When the subject of up and coming designers arises in fashion circles, it’s often stated that what the youthful imports have to offer is an intravenous understanding of technology. In the past that’s meant everything from advancements in fabric and textiles to utilitarian details like iPod pockets, which feel novel at best. But leave it to a relatively old-school brand like Calvin Klein to turn the trend on its head. This October, ck Calvin Klein will introduce a new style of sunglasses which conceal a 4GB USB memory stick in their frame. Whether you’re looking to relive abandoned fantasies of Bondesque gadgets or you’re simply a pragmatist with a fondness for portable data, make sure you save up your $199 in advance.
February 20, 2009 § Leave a comment
Can you believe it? Today is already the second-to-last day of New York Fashion Week! Tomorrow is the last day and already the semi-official first day of London Fashion Week. However, we do still have business to take care of.
Narciso fever aside, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein is hands down my favorite minimalist. His designs have continued to raise the bar without turning too many heads. With the economy, many designers have been forced to forgo their decadent ways, but Costa must be thoroughly unfazed. He’s able to work with the most basic of materials to create the most interesting designs. This season, he stuck to an all black (ok, some silver) pallet, developing his looks by manipulating silhouette and doing some serious tailoring. All that aside, this collection is just not as good as what he’s done in previous seasons. Maybe the economy affects everyone after all.