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 14, 2009 § Leave a comment
Uy! Can you believe we’re already halfway done with New York Fashion Week? Of course, then we have London, Milan, and Paris…but we’re taking it one week at a time right now. Start your recovery with today’s shows:
Derek Lam, usually a master of restraint, went a little bit crazy this season. That’s not to say that his collection of vivid colors and punchy prints isn’t fun and alluring. But for someone whose founded his business on unfussy clothing easily adaptable into the “real” woman’s wardrobe, the thigh-grazing hemlines and flippant shapes are a little bold, to say the least. That’s fine, of course; there’s no problem in seeking a younger and more carefree clientele. But to risk alienating your core customer at a time like this? Full Show Here. « 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.
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December 27, 2008 § Leave a comment
Ah, the new year. Resolutions, parties, and a month-long period where you’ll still write 2008 on everything until you finally get it right. But as we usher 2009 in, it’s hard to find much optimism in the dwindled-down magazines. Both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar presented thinner-than-usual offerings this month, and the rest I’m not in the position to comment on. However, luckily for you, the covers are still mostly intact unless their titles have gone out of print. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look at those still standing.