Mexico Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009. Photos by V. Chavez.
Posts for October 27th 2008
The Lovenia Spring 09 collection might be sweet as pie, but that doesn't mean it's not luxurious--in fact these frocks were some of the prettiest we've seen and we're sure they'll appear on young starlets from now until the collection hits stores. Designer Heidi Handler studied under designer Jean Charles Castelbajac which should explain her cognizance of sophisticated dressing. We loved the 1930's/1940's influence in this collection, the beaded drop-waist gown (left) in particular was a shining example of the designer's talents. To see our In The Showroom snapshots, click the gallery link below and, for the Spring 09 look book, click here.
>> Despite rumors that POP was done now that founder Katie Grand is leaving, the magazine's publisher Bauer has reaffirmed that they are sticking with their original plan.
Bauer sent out Katie's final issue — coincidentally the 20th anniversary issue, which features Drew Barrymore on the cover — to advertisers with a flyer, announcing that a new editor is actively being recruited, and that POP will be taking a small hiatus. A spokeswoman explained:
It is inevitable a new editor will bring a new vision to the brand, but we are not prepared — nor under any pressure — to rush out an interim issue for the sake of it. We would rather invest time in relaunching in the Fall 2009 with a magazine that will create a real difference to the fashion industry. POP was, is, and will continue to be, a valuable member of our portfolio and we are really excited about what the future holds for the brand. The new era of POP launches Fall 2009.
Wonder who the new blood will be, since Katie took her entire POP staff with her to her new magazine, Love?
This 2008 Bionda Castana won the Best New Talent Award, given out once a year by Vogue Italia, and the Spring 09 collection lives up to their achievement. What was most impressive was the combination of fashion forward styles with styles you would call 'classic' and the option for buyers to chose just about any fabrication to go with any style. It's clear in other words that the designers behind Bionda Castana intend not only to make shoes, but to sell them. By giving buyers a well-made shoe that they can, in some respect, customize, they become an indispensable name on the retail floor.
What we know about TEAMO probably doesn't amount to much more than what most New York fashion people know about this brand based in Mexico City. We know that the designers often crop up in street-style/party photography websites, that the TEAMO aesthetic has traces of religious and/or gothic influences, and that, alongside brands like Marvin y Quetzal and Temores, they somewhat embody the fashion scene in Mexico City. This season we thought they broke some of their own boundaries with an array of sophisticated frocks. The colors were vibrant and the embroidery created suggestive smiley faces--but none of this compromised the seriousness of the collection. Something tells us TEAMO won't be known 'just a little bit' for much longer...in the end, this was one of our favorite contemporary collections from the Spring 2009 season.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Those who enjoyed Liya Kebede and Raquel Zimmermann as Lanvin girls, cherish it while it lasts — they won't be back for Spring 2009. Although no casts have been revealed, Steven Meisel shot the new Lanvin campaign in New York last week, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot Yves Saint Laurent a few weeks ago with a very "California" theme, Mario Testino is doing Versace in LA in early November, and Gucci will be photographed this week in Miami. [WWD]