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 12, 2009 § Leave a comment
Despite what feels like an inappropriate title to today’s post, I welcome you nonetheless. Can you believe we’re already 2/3 days into Fashion Week? Time flies when you’re…doing something. Either way, we’ve still got shows-a-plenty to cover here. And that’s a statement you can take to the bank.
Brian Wolk and Claude Morais of Ruffian, usually fans of a bold concept, didn’t quite seem to know what to do this season. There were stabs at a Picasso reference with a print that comes off as 80’s in a bad way, nods to military with double breasted dresses and jackets, and a bevy of annoyingly indecisive dotted prints. It’s hard to say what they had in mind, furthermore what stopped them from producing the type of work they’re known for, but when only faced with the results I can’t say much more than that it’s not their best–by a longshot. Full Show Here.
February 14, 2009 § Leave a comment
Day 2! Today we have a whole bunch of shows to get to, especially since they kept on coming at me yesterday and I instead found sleep to be the most viable option. In that regard, I guess we’ll get to them!
Get this through your head now: I love Yigal Azrouel. Even through a truncated, toned-down show, you couldn’t stop his undeniable talent from shining through. The looks are less directional than his Spring outing, but he manages to do “the now” just as superbly. Collectively, the show makes up more of a wardrobe than a theme, but themes are overrated anyway. Azrouel is very likely to be one of New York’s next major designers. (Full show here)