Sophomore Fall 08 Look Book. Photos by Cass Bird.
Posts for October 14th 2008
There were three posts from our Network Partners this week that had us slobbering over pants--not an easy feat considering how downright unprepared we feel to slither into our skinnies again. This morning Style Bubble documented her DIY savvy by slashing a pair of jeans to bits. We're seeing this trend all over the place and it's not just the DIY fashionistas who indulge. Denimology also picked up on this trend by highlighting the top-notch denim offering by Balmain this Spring 09. The denim from the collection might not reveal too much skin but the idea is still there; it's all about jeans that are tight and frayed. Feeling a little overwhelmed with the prospect of denim, Fashion Nation gave it up to a pair of faux-leather leggings that touch on all the right trends. Namely, the ever-popular exposed zip look. Is it just us or is it time to head to the gym?
>> Under unknown circumstances, Ford model Randy Johnston passed away October 11. The 20 year-old from Connecticut is currently being memorialized on Ford's web site, and his resume was highlighted by a turn as Dior Homme campaign model under Hedi Slimane for Fall 2007. He also appears in the November 2008 issue of i-D with Lara Stone. May he rest in peace.
Could there be more evidence of a multi-color peep toe trend than the examples set before us in this spread--we think not! When the prices range from one hundred to one thousand, there's no questioning it. Pair these shoes with black opaque tights and the colors will pop in contrast. Our two favorites: the Miu Miu pair is a holiday dream come true and the pair from Bebe a sharp geometric option.
This season's Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is happening as we speak and, because there are only about ten shows, will also be over before we know it. Although ten shows does not a Fashion Week make, we think it's worth keeping up with--the smaller designers deserve a chance too. That said, Sara Phillips, for her Fall 2009 collection, showed the kind of moody purples and plums that we saw from so many designers this season. Her usage of transparency and velvets made the outfits more dynamic with texture. The great thing about Australian Fashion Week is that the runway shows correspond with our current season, thereby indulging our need for instant gratification. For instance, Phillip's color palette and usage of texture is something we're pretty excited to employ straight away.
If you've ever bought a trendy wallet, purse, or datebook then you know the embarrassment you can feel when you realize your indulgent purchase has just gone stale. That feeling can crawl up on you in an instant, and because it's happened to us before, we're strictly business when it comes to these personal effects. Sure, we've more fashionable evening purses and beach bags in our wardrobe but as far as every day staples go--we think classic is key. To that end, Smythson is the company that embodies this notion. Often residing on the same block or in the same airport terminal as Bally, Burberry, and the like, it's a high fashion brand without the high fashion twists and turns. The perfect place to pick up gifts (the holidays are near!) or staples for your purse.
Purple and orange were two colors hard to ignore on the Spring 09 catwalks--purple, we've seen for some time and orange appeared, no doubt because of Prada and a few brave designers who used it last season. Some designers, in fact, used both at the same time. In the spread above Basso & Brooke, Luella, and United Bamboo all employed this technique while designers like Christopher Kane and Modernist kept with one of the two colors, making them more interesting with texture and technique.
We aren't fans of Paul Krugman but his Nobel Prize in economics for "having shown the effects of economies of scale on trade patterns and on the location of economic activity" is too easy a pot shot for a fashionista that likes to talk supply chain efficiencies and large scale clothing orders. Thus with the help of H&M's supply chain we demonstrate just how easy Krugman's theories are to understand. The global diffusion of fashion's trade patterns depends on the demand of voracious fashion consumers buying up bulk orders of skinny jeans or other trendy items, the location of skilled workers, the relative impact of textile tariffs, and the cost of shipping. Fashion spans the globe from one style capital to another in an endless parade of trend manufacturing and production.
So next time someone tells you fashion isn't a serious subject go all global trade patterns on them and demonstrate your in depth knowledge of supply chain management and how it affects trade patterns. Just be sure to keep an eye on the tariff situation! That will get you every time.
Aside from a handful of somewhat basic frocks there are two garments that deserve mention from Julie Clancey's Spring 09 collection--overall, the better of her designs veered toward Art Deco in their inspiration. Most notable were the two silk, beaded frocks/kaftans that came down the runway in white and orange. Orange certainly might be the color of Spring 09 but, more than that, we think this dress is rather timeless and chic. What drew us to this piece, over the others, is the Art Deco beading in the bodice and the easy loose fabric that made it look perfect for both formal and informal occasions. The second design that inspired something more than a 'mhmm' in us was another orange frock, this one designed a la Rodarte. We're not claiming any kind of copyright infringement, a chiffon frock is not a new concept in fashion, but wanted to note that this style of dress, presumably made popular by Rodarte, has cropped up from London to Los Angeles this season.