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 »
August 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’ve only been inside Kmart a decisively select few times. As a ballpark estimate, I would put my number of visits in the once or twice range. And though I’d really like to tell you about my experience, the only words that come to mind are fluorescent lighting, searing pain, and nervous breakdown. Basically, from my experience, shopping in Kmart is like shopping in a psych ward. And no, they’re not giving you medication. It’s not that I’m snobby, at least not when it comes to bargain-city mega chain stores. I’ve had my fair share of satisfying experiences at local Targets. Sure, the fine people over at Target may not be masters of ambience, but they certainly have a leg up on Kmart as far as not making me want to throw up.
Another place where they have a leg up: they jumped onto the fast-fashion bandwagon like they were planning to ride it to China. And they’ve managed to entice such illustrious names as Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and the late Alexander McQueen to collaborate on one-off collections with them, as well as an endless number of others. For a while now, they’ve had this fashion-forward megastore formula monopolized, but they may have competition coming their way. As if in a form of Karmic retribution for their violations of my central nervous system, Kmart has announced that their upcoming array of apparel for fall will have a fashionable edge. And before you burst into laughter, consider this: designers for the new merchandise have been pulled from such varied reputable brands as Gap, Ralph Lauren, and Yves Saint Laurent. In addition, they’ve shot a pristine new ad campaign with photographer Alexi Lubomirski to be run, among other places, in the forthcoming September issue of Vogue. From what can be seen of the collection so far, it’s a tidy little offering of smart basics; a potentially flattering selection of tried-and-true pieces. Maybe Anna Wintour won’t be swapping her Chanel for Kmart anytime soon, but at the very least it seems that the fashionably inclined have a new spot for scoping out bargains. And that may be especially true if their talks of designer collaborations ever come to fruition. For now, I’d recommend checking out the new merchandise from the safety of their website. I’m pretty sure the lighting in their stores alone has the potential to turn people into zombies.
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 »
February 21, 2009 § Leave a comment
Well, folks, New York has almost left the building. The city’s been both good and bad to us this season, but mostly I’ve been underwhelmed. I was very pleased with a select few shows, namely Doo.Ri, Yigal Azrouel, Richard Chai Men’s, and probably a few I can’t remember as well. But I was also very disappointed with some shows, although I’m not about to name names…again. But while we’re still here, let’s look over the last few shows.
(UPDATE:Sorry! I fell asleep before I could post this)
There’s something about Ralph Lauren that constantly gives you the impression that he transcends almost every other designer in the world. Maybe it’s because he’s so nonchalant about his knockout designs, maybe it’s because his clothes could never be called trendy but are never stuck in the past. Either way, his collections are continually exceptional regardless of what challenges he takes on. This season, it seemed especially sleek and refined. He didn’t mess around too much with themes like he had in the past, but he showed beautiful black gowns and slinky sophisticated separates. I swear to god I did not mean to use so much alliteration. Whatever, I’m tired, so I have an meager excuse. Watch out for this Ralph Lauren kid: he’ll do big things one day.