September 15, 2010 § 1 Comment
It always goes by faster than you expect, but believe it or not, we’ve made it to the last few days of Fashion Week. Of course, fashion is ever-evolving, so it’s not over till the fat lady sings. And she hasn’t yet, so let’s get to today’s installments.
Maybe the Mulleavys are a little scrapped for cash right now–considering that their MAC collaboration’s been canceled–or maybe they just wanted a new challenge. Either way, their latest collection was pared down, and the oft-dreaded other C word was batted around town.
Commercial (there, I said it) isn’t as much of an insult as people think it seems to be, but it’s not exactly up Rodarte’s alley. They’ve made their name with intricate, high-concept collections where wearability is always in question. That formula hasn’t stopped working for them, but it’s been a while since they’ve had a real knockout collection, like their first few. This season’s collection may not be a knockout, but it is exciting, a well-executed and realistically avant garde approach to dressing. There are elements of 60’s, perhaps, in its overt girlishness. Perhaps they had friend and collaborator Tavi Gevinson in mind, who has a penchant for the type of barrettes they put in the models’ hair. Whatever the case, it was a satisfying collection and an exciting change of direction for the Mulleavys, who are usually one-track types of girls. « Read the rest of this entry »
February 17, 2010 § Leave a comment
It’s happened again! Fashion Week has gone by in the blink of an eye. After this we only have two more days left to cover. So let’s get into it!
The sisters Mulleavy revisited, as usual, the same types of intricate constructions that they’ve been known for from the start, but there was a lot of new material covered in this collection. The concept seemed to be a duel (or dual?) between two mismatched themes for our attention. On the one hand, an infusion of down home Mexican iconography like woven shawls and fringe, and on the other a subdued feminine streak. The two were fused, to varying levels of success, but there were a troubling number of befuddling looks. The best moments unsurprisingly came when they took a lighter hand to their heavy concept. Their exploration of lace and ruffles was delightful, because it was surprising coming from their tendency to celebrate the industrial. The collection was, unfortunately, not one of their best. But there’s gold betwixt the madness, and the Rodarte legacy lives on. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 16, 2009 § Leave a comment
My goodness! We’ve got three days left, including today. It went by much faster than it should have, as usual. Of course, we’ve got the European shows to look forward to, but New York is special in its own way. But the good news is we don’t have to mourn just yet. There’s still plenty of excitement to be had.
The techniques may stay the same, but Rodarte turned a page on their thematic influences. Rather than their usual horror-tinged fare, the Mulleavy sisters fused tribal references in with their texture-heavy complexly constructed pieces. The models were tattooed with indigenous-inspired markings on their arms to underscore the general air of the show, which featured plaids draped in with the normal cheesecloths et cetera for a slightly unhinged look. Though it lacked some of the minute complexities of the Mulleavys’ past efforts, the show was still legions beyond most of what’s out there beyond, and that’s why everyone loves Rodarte. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 16, 2009 § Leave a comment
…to Laura & Kate Mulleavy, for winning Womenswear Designer of The Year for Rodarte at the CFDA’s. Way to deserve it!
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 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Freida Pinto in John Galliano
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.
There’s more if you « Read the rest of this entry »