February 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
Hello again, fashion flocks! We’re only a couple days in, but we’ve already seen some significant showings. It’s quite impressive how so many young designers in New York have been able to turn their collections into must-see events. So long as inventive talents such as themselves are around, the industry will survive. Now, on to today’s offerings!
Thakoon, against all odds, actually seems to get better every season. This time around, he was inspired by both European and African royalty, which resulted in a collection that was alternatingly bold and regal, punk and ladylike. He showed prints both exotic and commonplace, traditional silhouettes in colorful buffalo plaid, and some very interestingly light takes on complicated constructions. He is an undersung talent in the industry, but something tells me he’ll be getting his due recognition soon enough.
September 13, 2010 § 2 Comments
Hello kittens! If you’re not completely burned out on fashion by now, then there’s plenty more to see.
At 10 AM, Derek Lam’s soundtrack of classical music and slow jams mixed with rain sound effects was a little too welcoming, but it served a point. It set the tone for what was, if not somber, a reflective and inquisitive show. He seemed to be making the point that Marc Jacobs did last season. The clothes had that same ordinariness to them–for example, a long-sleeved dress with full-length pleated skirt. There were a lot of pleats to be seen, and also a lot of longer skirts. This quieter approach aside, however, these were the exact sort of clothes Lam has established a following for. My favorite look–and I expect a favorite of a lot of editors as well–was a sleeveless trench with something of a bustle on the back. The collection was soft, but not overwhelmingly so. Without that moody soundtrack following them around, the pieces are adaptable and appealing to a wide variety of ages. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 15, 2009 § Leave a comment
Alright kids. We’ve got no time to waste so let’s get to it.
The secret behind the genius of innovative fashion forces like Marc Jacobs is being ahead of the curve. As other designers try to relive the magic Jacobs created last season with his madcap downtown 80’s vibe, he himself has decided to do the polar opposite. The word sure to be on industry heavyweights’ lips come tomorrow morning is ruffles. Just as soon as we tired of the last procession, Jacobs brought them back in full force. All around, the effect was certainly doll-like, and Marc approached his concept with characteristic alacrity. Despite the intricate construction of these new, ruffles 2.0, the look felt flat and stuffy at times. Never one to completely strike out, however, Jacobs managed to get enough quality looks with a total newness to them that we can be sure the collection will entirely pervade the Spring fashion issues next year. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 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 17, 2009 § Leave a comment
Hey again! For your information, I am now thoroughly caffeinated, so let’s see some FASHION!!!!!!!!!!
(click on an image to make it bigger–sorry, but there were too many to resize them manually)
As if the 80’s weren’t back enough, Marc Jacobs spread the love a little a lot more. With 6o+ individual models all with unique hairstyles, Jacobs was hardly intent on writing the season off, as all the press about his budget cuts has suggested. Instead, he presented the perfect antidote to the troubling times. He recalled the extravagance and opulence of the 80’s, a very different brand from what we’ve come to know recently. In the 80’s, people went the extra mile with their individualism, expressing themselves through big hair-dos, bright colors, and extreme silhouettes, instead of “bling bling” as far as the eye can see. Jacobs playfully brought back this attitude with neon pieces and extreme glamour a-plenty. The thing about fashion recently is that it’s been dark, grim. But just when you think everybody’s doing it, you can always count on Marc Jacobs to level the playing field. Maybe his optimism will signal an actual retooling of the industry. Because a can of hairspray is a heck of a lot cheaper than a diamond necklace.
There’s more, more, more if you click, click, click « Read the rest of this entry »
December 26, 2008 § Leave a comment
I’m immensely jealous of the Target GO Collections. For most likely logistical reasons, the retail chain has yet to introduce a men’s equivalent. Their loss, am I right? Anyway, the latest such collection, designer-darling Thakoon Panichgul’s, is now available online. It’s a spring collection littered with fun tie-dye patterns and flirty silhouettes. To see my picks, click « Read the rest of this entry »