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.
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.
May 5, 2009 § Leave a comment
Last night’s annual Costume Institute Gala (paying tribute to models as muses and chaired by Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss and Anna Wintour) drew some familiar names to its red carpet, although a number of classic muses were noticeably absent over a reported rift between model-favorite Azzedine Alaia and the exhibition’s curators. Bad blood aside, the stars came out and had their usual array of good and bad looks. See the best ones by clicking « Read the rest of this entry »
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)