Los Angeles Fashion Week Suh Tahn Spring 2009 Photos by Frazer Harrison
Posts for October 13th 2008
Yesterday afternoon, while strolling the main drag of Bedford Avenue we popped into a shoe store that had four different kinds of penny loafers on display. A coincidence? We think not. There are some trends that quietly reflect the mood and financial means of the consumer and there are some that are downright literal and unabashed in their analogies. That said, we've long been fans of the penny loafer and have no objection to their newfound popularity. These classic flats came along at the right time as they'll look nice with the cropped trousers and androgynous looks we'll also see this fall. Our pick so far is this pair by Poly. Clocking in at just under $110, it's a fine way to jump on the trend. Having taken a look at the older brands who still make the shoe, like this one, we can say that you wouldn't find them for much less anyhow.
Prohibition wasn't repealed until 1933 making the first few years of the Great Depression sobering both literally and figuratively. As we head into our own depress recreate the magic of those first dry Depression years with some Speak Easy Prohibition chic! As we head into our bleak years we have suggestions for the discerning host bent on avoiding their bleak future. Let your guests skip boom market inflated $15 martini prices by hosting a tuxedo and top hatsoiree in your already depreciating TriBeCa loft. Wear your best Golden Fleece tuxedo and break out the Waterford crystal for one final hurrah.
Everybody knows that wearing ripped leggings with a crisp blazer and having champagne and oysters for every meal isn't enough anymore. The new hipster actually managed to age over the past couple of years and, well, likes to stay home once in a while. Just take for example the new documentarian on the scene; Todd Selby. The man is single-handedly making Santos and Beatrice look like playgrounds for people who don't have enough personality to just hang out at home (seriously?). Outfitting your home with bric a brac a la Marlow and Sons and hunkering down for this damned recession is probably the snazziest thing a girl could do these days. Retrouvius to the rescue. Neither new nor unknown to Londoners, this reclamation business sells everything from factory lampshades to museum display cases, all for decent prices if you ask us. Check out our gallery for more reclaimed interior pieces. Bonus points to Retrovius for being eco-friendly!
The Suh Tahn Spring 2009 show was made up of great denim, black, and white pieces that can only be described as 'edgy basics' whether it was a body-skimming cotton dress, denim vest, or geometric leggings. The pieces all neatly fit into a contemporary aesthetic that admires Rick Owens and Rad Hourani but from a slightly lower price point. Our favorite piece was the two-tone jacket/vest (left) that looked easy to wear and versatile for day and night looks. Having a jacket like that in your wardrobe would probably rid you of the desire to wear anything with it but body-skimming cotton dresses, denim vests, and geometric leggings--sometimes it just takes on piece to make the point for an entire collection. In New York, Suh Tahn is carried at Opening Ceremony. If you should be stranded somewhere, they've an online store coming soon. Also, check out our first glimpse of the Spring 09 collection, when we visited Coterie last month.
As some of or favorite designers show Fall 08 deliveries on some of our favorite e-commerce sites, we can't help but wish we were in better economic times. As much as luxury consumers are thought to be unwavering in times of hardship, what about the girl who saves her pennies until she can pick up the cardigan to end all cardigans? For now, the most we can do is daydream--but that's what Monday's are for. Check out the Fall 08 collection by Oliver Theyskens for Nina Ricci, right here.
The push pull of being wealthy is so traumatizing what with the need to show restraint even as the pressure to subtly showcase the cultural signifiers of your power becomes increasingly relevant as the hierarchies of economic power are reshuffled on a global backdrop of market turmoil. Obviously the upside to all of this agony is the uptick in in the sale of simple yet exotic accessories. Good taste and good form are always in style, even when you are working to stay on top of the heap.
Los Angeles Fashion Week designers couldn't have a worse hand in life having to show after the life-altering New York, London, and Paris collections--alas, we suppose they could relocate to New York and fight for a time slot (not that that's a particularly fun prospect either). We started our Los Angeles coverage off with Kevan Hall and promptly skipped over to his biography page (how did we know it would be there) to find out that the designer knew he wanted to be a fashion designer from the age of seven. As much as we want to talk about his Spring 09 collection that had some really beautiful pleating and Monique Lhuillier-happy gowns, we have to call him out on the indulgence. In no other profession is it permissible to include in your biography some blurb about things you thought and felt when you were seven. Does he (or any of these designers) think that has anything to do with it? Obviously they're reaching for some "I'm a designer prodigy" sentiment but, designers, if that was so, wouldn't you at least be showing in New York by now? We know it's a little harsh, and a little uncalled for on a Monday morning, but it just struck a nerve with us. Kevan Hall, you made some lovely dresses this season.