February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
We meet again! Believe it or not, fashion lovers, I did cover yesterday’s shows, and my witty recaps and slideshows are now somewhere in cyberspace hell. Yep, all my hard work was erased by a curious lack of auto-save. Anyway, I’ll assume any devoted readers are able to find the shows themselves, but the standouts for me included Richard Chai LOVE, which I usually don’t like but found to be improved thanks to its wearability. Also, Rachel Comey, whose work I adore, turned in another solid collection of loose, pattern-happy wintry looks. Now, though I believe those designers deserve to have their work showcased on this site, I think it’s time for me to move on to today’s shows.
Jason Wu has slowly been experimenting with menswear in his collections for the past few seasons, probably as an antidote to the poofy princess concoctions that he became well known for upon his meteoric rise. However, seeing as the last few collections have been mostly a spare pair of pants or two in the mix, this was a collection much more devoted to the concept of menswear-as-womenswear. Sure, pants don’t really have a gender anymore, but there was something in the formality of it, the hearkening back to classics in an ironic way, that made it seem fairly fresh and different. There was an abundance of quality separates, many of them embroidered expertly with just the right amount of lace to make them distinctive without becoming gimmicky. Wu is hardly playing with gender here, but this one goes to the boys. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
Day 2, and we’re already in the swing of things. Fashion’s Night Out takes over New York City tonight, in a blowout event that’s sure to eclipse last year’s festivities. The familiar faces have already descended upon the Lincoln Center and the parties seem to be reoccupying the lavish niche they filled before the Great Recession. In other words, everything is right in Fashionland. And the shows roll on. On to those now!
Rag & Bone
Take vintage lingerie and modern sportswear and meet somewhere in the middle, and you have Rag & Bone’s latest. Last season the duo struck a chord with their utilitarian approach, but this season they opted for a bit more femininity. Perhaps not wanting to go all out, however, they reinvented the classics, turning garters into biker shorts and corsets into harnesses. Unfortunately, the styling is a bit messy. There’s something that cheapens it. That’s unfortunate, because in terms of individual pieces, they’re offering some pretty nice options. Take a cool pair of white reinvented sweatpants, or a sleek selection of ankle-skimming skirts, for instance. Sadly, it’s kind of all over the place, but some of the ideas here are novel.
February 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
In the realm of fashion, two very different stories are playing out. One, a tragedy that has permeated the culture; and the other, a jubilant celebration of young talents. New York, in any scheme, is a place where undiscovered talents come to blossom. And that’s always been an underlying theme to the collections that are shown during Fashion Week. The discovery of a new young talent is tremendously exciting and continues to drive the forces of change in fashion. So far, the week has been devoid of disappointment, which is a promising sign for what’s to come. The other story, meanwhile, continues to show the true colors of the fashion world. Despite its reputation for being cold and catty, beneath the surface its always been about celebrating idiosyncrasy and talent. We’ve lost a true artist in the field, but the upside is that his work is reaching a new and larger audience. He may rest in peace, but the fruits of his career will hopefully not do the same.
Evidently moving on from the heavy dose of femininity that has characterized past efforts, Jason Wu packed his runway with looks that were at times downright androgynous. The overall look was noticeably more hip and everyday oriented than past collections. But his new sense of aesthetic at times evoked Marni too closely for comfort, a reminder of how green of a designer he actually is. Despite this, it was a confident turn from him, a sign that he is perhaps growing accustomed to his sudden spike in popularity. He didn’t abandon his roots altogether, however; he closed the show with a series of stunning if slightly quirky evening dresses (if dresses are still able to be classified as such in modern times). All in all, it was a good development of his past work into something newer and more practical. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 17, 2009 § Leave a comment
Ello little buggers! It’s the second-to-last day of New York Fashion Week, and the stage is set for the last few shows. Fashion folk may be focused on their overseas roundtrip tickets already, but there’s still plenty to see here in the colonies.
Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, masters of understanding what current generation looks for in clothing, rarely make a false move. Though their playfulness, once evidenced with nods to the gritty ’80s and militaristic touches, seems to have all but gone out the window with their last collection, they’ve gained a certain ability to create pieces that amazing transcend all personal tastes and unify the fashion front. This season, it was all about dark blues, slouchy blazers with rounded padded shoulders, and tie-dyes and other prints displayed immaculately on dresses that bordered on divine. Full Show Here.
February 19, 2009 § Leave a comment
My my, yesterday seemed like a busy day, but I really have no idea what I’m getting myself into today! Yours truly (I think I’m gonna pretend to be Andre Leon Talley for the remainder of Fashion Month. Life With Andre makes me giggle uncontrollably.) has some favorites today, so perhaps it’ll be a little easier to get through.
In a season where designers are striving to be bankable, Michael Kors took a tongue-in-cheek approach to redefining the classics. Trends of the moment like the strong shoulders soon to be everywhere made appearances, but the collection was decidedly restrained. Those “staples” like the trench coat, investment-worthy skirt suit, and little black dress were sure to be found. But gimmicks like a detached lapel (admittedly effective) were worked into the pieces lest they be called boring.
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