Douglas Hannant Bride
Posts for October 20th 2008
This weekend, having gone to Nolita to celebrate one of the last Mayle sample sales, we found ourselves gloomy about the state of the contemporary brand and the expense of a simple silk dress. We walked over to our friend's pop-up thereafter, not really knowing much about its permanence or scope. When we got to talking we realized that their new store, Inven.tory, is neither a pop-up nor a sample sale frenzy. Inven.tory, we discovered, is a permanent shopping destination that sells contemporary brands at wholesale prices. The items are, in fact, overstock, but are edited and curated, like any other boutique, to tell a story. On our first visit we found brands like Corpus and Orthodox at prices that made our jaws drop (sixty dollars?!). The store has both women's and men's clothing, and both had us drooling--especially, for the ladies, did Secta's brushed cotton separates. There was no 'sifting', there were no 'mass dressing rooms'. When we left we felt happy for our friends, who we are sure will profit from this well-timed idea, for the contemporary brands who can maintain integrity when selling off extras, and for ourselves because, well, we're growing tired of supporting brands whose 'contemporary' clothing is still five hundred dollars at a sample sale.
Your editor used to dabble in enamel back in the day when she still had access to the kind of high temperature kilns required to fuse glass to metal. Thus it is with pleasure that we note WWD is predicting a come back of the material in the Spring 2009 jewelry market. Though it certainly looks like you don't need to wait that long to find great pieces.
Our new favorite street style photographer, Garance Dore, captured this equestrian-inspired look, and we thought it called for a shopping spread. A black hat, wool blazer, colorful scarf, and black t-shirt are pieces that, if you don't own already, you probably won't regret investing in. In fact, putting them all together might be your only task. If you should need to fill in some gaps, our picks above.
In between bridal shows this weekend we decided to take a trip to H&M just to see what the fast fashion artists were up to. It turns out that H&M is even faster at fashion than we are because we saw a necklace and set of bangles that were knocks of Burberry's inspired Spring 2009 collection. The collection only showed three weeks ago which to us is an impressive feat of runway to reality.
Reem Acra, a brand exclusively for bridal and evening wear, shows at both Fall and Spring Bridal Week's in New York. This season, namesake designer Reem Acra showed her talent at making high fashion frocks that are still accessible and therefore salable. Even the formal suiting, which one might see as a non-traditional offering, could easily be pitched to wedding planners as chic reception-wear or modern suiting for the mother of the bride. Otherwise, the gowns came in every silhouette and would have suited a plethora of brides. Our favorites were the 1970's inspired pleat-front gown and the long, slinky pleated gown (left) that came thereafter. These pieces called up a subject Reem Acra is most articulate on, that is, those old, romantic visions of what a wedding dress should look like.
Our favorite shoe style from the Spring 09 shows, as perfectly demonstrated by Phillip Lim and Christian Louboutin, is the ruffle front heel. We have become so enchanted by this style that we set about finding a similar look in the meantime. Prada, of course, paved the way with ruffled handbags and shoes this Fall 08. The small but lovely Loeffler Randall was thinking a step ahead of the curve with pleat-like ruffles on many of their shoes this season. Jeffrey Campbell, always right on trend, also put out some ruffle inspired footwear. Despite these more than adequate examples, we have to admit, we still can't wait for the real thing.