There are no two sports activities closer to fashion than yoga and running--it is a result-yielding combination, an unspoken ritual for many women in the industry. Lucky for Falke their ergonomic women's sportswear focuses on those two activities exclusively. In bright colors and state of the art fabrics, this sportswear collection, we think, blows Adidas out of the water. Some of the Falke Spring 09 pieces were so cool we began imagining them as proper fashion outfits. Once we moved over to the super soft undergarments and hosiery, we were straight-up ready to swear off denim and cocktail dresses forever. If you're disciplined enough to hit the gym after work everyday we think you deserve to wear clothing that's both comfortable and fashionable.
Posts for October 21st 2008
We just can't help but share this snapshot we took today from the Marie Saeki showroom of one of Selima Optique's new Spring 09 styles. The grey and black frames have rich layers of monochromatic tones. Our first thought was a vision of these glasses in a wardrobe filled with black, grey, and brown basics. If you can't stand latex, better stick with what is considered classic. Let's pray for eyeglass prescriptions come Spring!!
Holiday marketing ploys are something we usually view with suspicion but Anya Hindmarch has found a charming way to celebrate Halloween. Customers will be invited to pick a sweet (toffee candy) from Anya Hindwitch’s Trick or Treat bag (no purchase necessary).
Those who pull out a Treat may win an Anya Hindmarch bag, clutch, purse or key ring from the Autumn/Winter 2008 collection or be asked to perform funny forfeits such as Balance a bag on your head or walking from one end of the shop to the other cackling like a witch as a trick. And of course there will be plenty of treats on hand such as sinister stickers and spooky sweets like jelly brains, skullcrushers and lucky bones to keep children of all ages happy.
This "Maggie" clutch is one potential treat!
Participating Anya Hindmarch Boutiques:
In the NY area:
Anya Hindmarch, Soho: 115 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012 T: +1 212 343 8147
Anya Hindmarch, Madison, 29 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022 T: +1 212 750 3974
Anya Hindmarch at The Mall at Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ 07078 T: + 1 973 379 7183
On the West Coast:
Anya Hindmarch, 118 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA 90048 T: +1 310 271 9707
Anya Hindmarch The Shoppes at the Palazzo 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. So. LV, NV 89109 T: + 1 702 566 8900
Alice Ritter's wild, champagne-filled presentation was what started our New York Fashion Week this past Fall 08, but this season Ritter decided to skip the excess and focus her energies on making a closely edited, salable collection. We can say that she was successful in her process, especially by way of the trousers. Today we saw four pairs of the same billowed trousers in four different fabrications. It was efficient on her part and will be indulgent for consumers because these pants will likely be snatched up in all four fabrics by Ritter fans. Our personal favorites were the hunter green washed silk pair, that would look amazing with heels and a simple cotton blouse come Summer. Billowy pants with an elastic waistband, ankle cuffs, and side pockets are our new Spring 09 plight. After all, it only takes one pattern to spend a lot of money.
Today we ventured into Manhattan for a press preview at the Marie Saeki showroom--nestled on a downtown cobblestone street it is one of our favorite showrooms to visit. Today we started the preview off with the shoe line Coclico, which we remember from our first years in New York--their shop is located on Mott Street in Nolita which was (and still is) our favorite weekend jaunt. The French brand was borne back in 2000 and puts sustainable practices at the forefront of production. Coclico's aesthetic is classic and comfortable but still fashion forward. Our favorite shoes from the collection were the salmon colored sandals with a wooden wedge sole and the white and grey peep toe sandals, which are also part of the Fall 08 line in different colors.
Nicolai Ouroussoff, the New York Times' architecture critic, has us longing for a more critical fashion press with his review of the Chanel's Zaha Hadid art and commerce extravaganza. With every new zinger your editor and creative director found themselves giggling as we wavered between shock and pleasure at the sheer volume of practically scandalous observations.
It’s not just that New York and much of the rest of the world are preoccupied by economic turmoil and a recession, although the timing could hardly be worse. It’s that the pavilion sets out to drape an aura of refinement over a cynical marketing gimmick. Surveying its self-important exhibits, you can’t help but hope that the era of exploiting the so-called intersection of architecture, art and fashion is finally over."
It is a real shame that the best piece of fashion writing we have read in ages comes from an architecture critic but then given the propensity of fashion houses for banning criticism it is no wonder that the Times had to send an architecture critic to do a fashion writer's job.
Why it is that fashion has sunk to such a level of discourse such that we cannot even critique our own internal promotions and marketing campaigns is a question that is much on our mind this morning as we ponder our own place in the style symposium.
We find breathless colorful commentary that expresses the writer's level of cool caché is what is rewarded in fashion journalism over high minded debate or serious inquiry. As a press core we give in to the worst criticism leveled at the industry by blindly pursuing the agenda of oblivious cool. As Ouroussoff points out, it is a crime for which we are rightly lambasted.
But traumatic events have a way of making you see things more clearly. When Rem Koolhaas’s Prada shop opened in SoHo three months after the World Trade Center attacks, it was immediately lampooned as a symbol of the fashion world’s clueless self-absorption. The shop was dominated by a swooping stage that was conceived as a great communal theater, a kind of melding of shopping and civic life. Instead, it conjured Champagne-swilling fashionistas parading across a stage, oblivious to the suffering around them.
And the greatest tragedy of this simpleton agenda? Fashion brings down the entire creative arena from interior design to architecture by continually playing the dim witted blithely unaware younger sister even when we have so much more to offer. Fashion more than any other industry brings together creative minds by helping us consume the best and the brightest in our daily lives. And yet we never focus on those aspects. Why? Perhaps it is that abominable behavior instantly guarantees "it" girl success much to the chagrin of our more serious sisters and indeed many players in fashion. The over the top sex appeal becomes the story to the detriment of deeper issues and wider creative evolution. Creative minds like Zaha Hadid accept commissions from the well funded in the hopes of creating better work and yet we collectively stymie the efforts by focusing on pathetic consumptive marketing efforts. It is a deeply cynical cycle, one that we never seem able to break.
The pavilion’s coiled form, in which visitors spiral ever deeper into a black hole of bad art and superficial temptations, straying farther and farther from the real world outside, is an elaborate mousetrap for consumers.
Why is it that we engage in this behavior as an industry? Is it that we are scared of discovering that underneath our slick exterior we will be found lacking? Do we really lack any kind of confidence in our own products? Ironically by never looking beneath the surface we engage in a kind of self fulfilling prophecy that damns us to ridicule. By never rewarding the inquiring minds, by overlooking or banning the gadflies, and by promoting syncophantic charades of hip we continue our reign as the attractive domineering dim wit ruler of the creatives but God help us all if our consumers outgrow our childish antics. The rest of the creative world almost certainly has if Nicolai Ouroussoff's review is any indication.