Spring Awakening

January 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

An image from Prada's Spring 2010 Ad Campaign, which premieres in February magazines.

Say what you want about fashion’s changing tides, but I for one like to see it as optimism. Just when we’ve reached the point in Winter when it seems it couldn’t get any colder (oh, but it will), people are moving on to the just-yesterday Spring 2010 collections, in the typical race to play out the season’s top pieces before the dawn of the Fall shows in February. Perhaps it’s too early to call which pieces we’ll be bored of in about two month’s time, but we can be sure it’s bound to happen. If anything, take this as a reprieve from bitter temperatures. Your island vacation is right around the corner.

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Today in Fashion Week:October 7th

October 8, 2009 § Leave a comment

The fateful day has come at last. Though the season has seemed enormously short this season, this is it folks. We’ve got our last day of shows to get to, and then you’re free to salivate over your favorites and dig them up a year from now at a warehouse sale.

Louis Vuitton





















After last season’s fantastic collection, anything Marc Jacobs could have sent down the runway would have been a major disappointment. The joke’s on us, however, because that seems to be his intention judging by the sheer hilarity of today’s show. Yes, everyone, there were afros, with bows nonetheless. The clothes were in slightly better taste but not much of an improvement. Though I commend Jacobs for trying something new, there’s a reason no one’s gone here before. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 6th

October 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

You didn’t think I’d miss this, did you? It’s the second-to-last day of the last Fashion Week of Fashion Month and we’ve gotta power through the extremely relevant shows tonight. Let’s go, vamanos, etc.

Chanel





















Karl Lagerfeld claimed to be getting back to his roots with a barnyard themed collection, an inevitability given his new fondness for Vermont. The show had its chicer moments, but there’s something off. Maybe it has something to do with being American, but this reference is a bit hard to accept. All these drab affectations that we were meant to be believe were the epitome of tastelessness, these are the new hot things? No, in fact, the entire thing comes across as somewhat of a gimmick. Luckily Spring is the time for superficiality, but Karl better get real come Fall. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 5th

October 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

We’re coming to a close on Paris Fashion Week, the last of the bunch. Today is the third-to-last day. And boy will that time fly by. So take some time to reflect, I know I sure have, before we start the post.

Stella McCartney


























Stella McCartney was very much herself, with a sunny collection that was decidedly optimistic. The breezy tunics et cetera were Summery and relaxed, but things were a little sophomoric when McCartney veered from this course. It’s understandable that she wants to spread her wings a bit, but it’d be wise to stick to what she knows best. And she did, for the most part, so kudos. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week: October 4th

October 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Ok, so we’re one day behind. I guess punctuality is not my thing nowadays. However, I’m still hoping to get today’s post on time, so let’s get yesterday’s out of the way.

Karl Lagerfeld
























While Chanel becomes more and more dislodged from the modern scheme of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld manages to prove his relevance today with his namesake label. Particularly in the past few seasons, he has offered quite a sharp vision with the collection. This season was all black and white, but found its original footing with geometric shapes that only Lagerfeld could hope to achieve. At times, these shapes became a bit overwrought and unflattering, but the highlights of the show were enough to make it a success. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:October 1st & 2nd

October 3, 2009 § Leave a comment

Umm, hello. Whoopsy-daisy I’m late again. I uh, got run over by a bus? Let’s catch up.

Balenciaga




























Rather than bask in the glow of last season’s drastically different and fantastically pervasive collection, Nicolas Ghesquiere returned to what he knows best this Spring: futuristically-inclined streetwear. But it was no rehash. Rather than the more tired concepts he had been showing when he last worked under this theme, the look was quite forward this season. The fabrics had the modern edge he’s known for, the hooded vests will be ubiquitous in the magazine editorial world come next Spring, and the bodycon silhouette has never seemed so refined. Somehow Ghesquiere manages to repeat the same aesthetic without it becoming tiring. This season certainly keeps that tradition going. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

Today in Fashion Week:September 30th

October 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

Bonjour everybody! Hard as it is to believe we’ve already made it through most of Spring 2010, New York and London and Milan now seeming like the cookie part of a fortune cookie that you toss aside for the main event, it is so. Many (though not us–TGTEF remains arbitrary) believe Paris Fashion Week to be the cream of the crop, the bee’s knees, a delicious croissant of a week. And it just so happens that today begins that week! How convenient, after all that talk I did about it.

Gareth Pugh



















Though he offered up a collection in video format last season, it feels like the last time we really heard from Gareth Pugh was his phenomenal Spring 2009 show, an eternity ago in the fashion scheme of things. Perhaps it was the pressure to outperform that supernova of a collection that caused Pugh to retreat to the more fail-safe arena last season, in which case it’s easy to see where his fear could have come from. This season was a sea of grey, another fail-safe device, but one that certainly washed out the collection a little. The intricate techniques and otherworldly headpieces he showed almost look like prototypes, waiting to be done in lush colors in a far more upbeat setting. Otherwise, it’s a little bit hard to get behind. Full Show Here. « Read the rest of this entry »

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