For the first time ever, British menswear designer Oliver Spencer is giving up something for the ladies, namely, smaller sizes. Following in the footsteps of brands like Corpus, Steven Alan, Trovata, and Seize Sur Vingt, Oliver Spencer has started his womenswear label by making a small collection of pieces appropriated from the menswear patterns. So, we see a pair of shorts and jumper dress made no doubt exclusively for the women but, more often than not, we see little oxfords, raincoats, and blazers that are identical to the men's options. This formula is as much about cutting costs as it is about giving female customers what they've always wanted. It's likely, that is, that more than just a few women have dreamt of an Oliver Spencer oxford hanging on their side of the closet.
Posts for October 10th 2008
>> THE MODELIZER — IMG may have Kori-Richardson look-alike Taylor Momsen, but Elite just signed Dree Hemingway, as in daughter of Mariel Hemingway and great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. She joins the Elite+ board, which also houses other well-familied models like Lydia Hearst, Vanessa Traina, Poppy Delevigne, and Riley Keough, and also has a couple of upcoming movie roles in the bag. [Elite clips, Elite]
We have developed a kind of pocketbook schizophrenia in which one moment we are bouncing off the walls about sample sales and the next we looking for ways to scrimp. One of our favorite beauty cheats has always been the professional beauty supply store. Whether its in New York or Sally's Beauty there are always ways to get around the high cost of hair cuts, styling, and dying. Sure its a scary thought to try some at home dye work even if it is professional quality but isn't going broke scarier? With everything from stain fields, styling sheers, tipping caps, and colorist kits available to purchase on the cheap and online we think its worth taking a risk.
>> As we left off Model.Live mid-Paris Fashion Week, Cato van Ee was booking everything . . . and Madeline Kragh wasn't so happy with her progress. Turns out that she did end up booking one show — Manish Arora. Manish liked Madeline so much, he asked her to close the show, her only instruction: "I want you to do whatever you want." Madeline left on a high note, ready to grow out her hair, hoping that it would allow her to book more in the future.
Austria also ended up booking one show in Paris, but her agency still isn't convinced she's ready to be a model. Although she was asked to think about sitting out a year — she's only 16 — Austria is determined, not wanting to go back to her old life that she already gave up. As for Cato, she's just worried about keeping herself at the level she's attained: "Sometimes it's harder to stay on top than get on top." So how will they do booking advertising and editorial post-Fashion Month? Next episode will hopefully tell.
We are vacillating between extreme fantastical luxury and darling too cute for words cheap thrills these days. So the news that Fred Flare is opening up a Greenpoint boutique today warranted an OMG. Of course not everyone is lucky enough to live in Brooklyn so we rounded up a feel good big smiles awwww shucks set of products to ease your anxiety level today.
Form Spring 09 might be the one collection that we preferred to see on the runway rather than in the showroom. That's not to say that the clothing isn't well made or interesting up close, on the contrary it excels in both respects. The catch is that no matter how feminine or light Form's recent collections might be, there is still the fact of seeing the clothing on a body in order to take in its, ahem, form. What did stand out, on the other hand, were the sequined numbers that we only vaguely remember from the runway show. One blue (left) and one black frock were hanging in the showroom today and were truly impressive. The sequins on these two garments are much finer than what you might find on a pair of American Apparel leggings, for example, making the fabric look like a skin of sorts. Form continues to be one of our favorite New York brands, no matter our preference for seeing one garment on the runway and the other in the showroom. We're just being picky because we know they'd indulge that sort of thing.
To see more Form Spring 09, check out our backstage coverage with photographer Robert Malmberg.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Beyond all her normal Fashion Week wardrobe — Marc Jacobs, Margiela, Balenciaga — Carine Roitfeld added two carry-overs from Men's Paris Fashion Week in June into the mix: a floppy hat and a distressed denim skirt. The choices are still dividing opinions, but at least now you know that the skirt is the Charlotte by Earnest Sewn. [Grazia]
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