Thank You, Happy Birthday.

December 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

This past spring you may have found yourself being stared at while sitting in traffic, jamming to Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked. No? Well this week, Cage the Elephant’s new single Around My Head is available free on itunes in hopes of generating buzz about their upcoming album set to release January 11, 2011. So here’s your buzz-

From this single and the other previews I could find, the group does show a transformation taking place. Songs off their self-titled album had distinctive, somewhat jarring tunes that came with the overwhelming urge to dance around like an idiot. These new melodies seem to have mellowed out a bit, but with even more over the top moments of madness thrown in. This being said, it’s uncertain how the album will turn out as a whole, but it’s definitely worth checking out. All you kids worried about their sound becoming “too mainstream” (which, I hate to break it to you but, is becoming obsolete-go read the previous post if you don’t believe me), fear not. Last time I checked, Coldplay wasn’t serenading the masses with kazoos and monkey-like screams…

Ps. Even if you’re not a fan, I still recommend going to their site http://www.cagetheelephant.com/?utm_source=left_nav to play with the “draw” app.

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From London With Love

February 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Apologies, apologies, apologies. It seems I didn’t have the heart to go through with the daily recap format for the London shows, but rest assured that I was feeling guiltier and guiltier every day I failed to meet this standing appointment. So, the Milan shows begin on Thursday, and while I’ve run into some free time I’ve decided to get us up to speed on what we’ve missed in London. Here goes!

Hakaan




Newcomer Hakaan took no time at all in being wholeheartedly embraced by the most discerning of the fashion elite. And it’s not hard to see why with razor sharp tailoring and luxe fur detailing. Definitely one to watch on the London scene, and a good bit of excitement to liven it up. « Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday in Fashion Week: February 15 (Addendum)

February 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

Surprise! I’m coming at ya a little earlier today because I figured posting shows two days late is worse than posting them the next morning. So, we only have three remaining from yesterday until I get cracking on today’s post. Shall we?

Y-3



Y-3’s sporty style took a more fashion forward turn this time around. Yohji Yamamoto infused some of his unique avant garde style into the label, but still kept the brand’s roots in athletics intact. Except, this time, the hints at athleticism are kept subtle. There are nods to equestrians, but nothing is ever outright. It’s a great step into a new identity for the increasingly hip brand.

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Today in Fashion Week: February 15th

February 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

Hello dears! Today is Sunday, aka the day of rest, but Fashion Week refuses to do so. We’ve got even more shows to get through today. Let’s get to that!

Hutson



Like many of my fellow dedicated followers of fashion, I was extremely saddened when I heard the news that Swaim & Christina Hutson’s line Obedient Sons & Daughters was closing down due to a loss of a financial backer. Luckily, they’ve established a new brand, simply called Hutson, but have embraced new sensibilities along with it. Daughters, as it’s commonly known by, was more about the menswear-as-womenswear trend from a few years back. It was mostly sharp, preppy suiting that always felt fresh. With Hutson, it looks like they’re attempting to shy away from that association. The line is very small, now that they’re new again, but there are some very strong statements. The dresses, though feminine in silhouette, look sharp and powerful. It’s too bad they had to start all over, but this certainly isn’t a bad start.

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Today In Fashion Week: February 14th ♥

February 15, 2009 § Leave a comment

Before we get to the shows, let me just take a minute to wish all of you a very happy Valentine’s Day. If you’re alone, eat your girl scout cookies (samoas!!!) and read the rest of this post. Now, hopefully we can all find something to love with the shows…

Alexander Wang







For the second consecutive season, I’ve been extremely excited for Alexander Wang’s show only to be a little let down in the end. The problem is that, as he matures as a designer, it’s as if he’s losing the very qualities I loved about his collection from the start. I remember how much I loved his Spring and Fall 2008 shows, and I feel like these past two shows could never measure up. With that being said, his show certainly wasn’t bad. A lot of it was very good. But what’s stopping me from giving it a good review is how low the lows were. No matter what your starting point or inspiration, crocodile biker shorts are just never a good idea. But I’m sure the good pieces will be lauded accordingly. For some reason, he just can’t seem to sully his image, even with me. (Full show here)

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Today In Fashion Week:February 13th

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!

Yigal Azrouel








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)

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Today in Fashion Week:February 12th

February 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

It seems like it’s been forever since I first started writing about the shows from our humble blogspot location last season. In reality, it’s been about 5 months, but it was also last year, so let’s choose to see it that way. Now, today is not a very big day as far as these days go. But maybe Fashion Week is more about saving the best for last than leading with your best foot forward. Isn’t it funny how pretty much every old adage has an exact opposite? Where was I again? Oh right, the shows…

Jenni Kayne


Just when it seemed like Jenni Kayne was one of the few designers you could always expect to be utterly predictable, she did something shocking: she grew up. Well, her collection did, at the very least. Instead of her typical so-laid-back-it-should-be-criminal girl, she debuted a more polished and proper woman. But lest we get ahead of ourselves, she stuck to her old silhouettes and kept much of the same spirit. Maybe you can find something to dress up in, but you can also find something to couch-dwell in. Overall, it’s nothing groundbreaking or worth schvitzing over, but it’s nice.

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