You could say cut outs are a sibling to lace (another big trend for Fall 08) or that it's a literal take on our economic climate...either way, cut outs are everywhere this season. As simple as the formula is, we like the fact that this trend works to makes even the most classic pair of black boots into a high design statement. Our only concern is the cold winter months, when the sides of our feet, backs of our shoulders, and ribcage starts freezing--which brings us to an greater point; the importance of layering this season.
Posts for October 8th 2008
We're curious why Rodarte is always given so much flack for being "unwearable" when all we saw this Spring 2009 were trousers, jackets, sweaters (albeit distressed ones), and party frocks. Once again the critics have praised their collection and left in a footnote that Rodarte need be more wearable. It deserves to be mentioned that we cannot match, in our mind, the number of real-life wearers to the number of editorial appearances, however, we can say the same thing about Prada or Pucci. We can say the same thing about all of the big designers, in fact, because the magazines infiltrate our culture and the women who can afford to buy these garments (unless they are celebrities) do not. So Rodarte, we think, isn't unwearable so much that is expensive. We're pretty sure, because the Mulleavy sisters are young, and because they are down-to-earth and intellectual, that people just hope that their designs will go mass market. This unrequited high street love should change, we think, sooner or later.
The quarterlife crisis has become a topic of much cultural ridicule as Gen-Y struggles to define itself in increasingly difficult times and this weekend your editor will confront that milestone herself. Your editor will be celebrating her twenty fifth this weekend (we plan to let Diesel take care of our party as our special day coincides with their XXX birthday) and we admit that we are finally starting to be concerned with aging. We still feeling our wunderkind years and frankly we would like to keep it that way. Thus we have decided on a strict regime of beauty's most tried and true wrinkle creams. RoC is the gold standard and we are sticking with it. After all if we are going to weather this crisis its best to stick with the best.
If you're a fashion enthusiast and stick to shows like Project Runway and Gossip Girl when you happen to sit in front of the television, we're betting you'll be happy about a show airing just across the pond. British Style Genius, which aired in the UK last night, is a documentary show with interviews by some of fashion's most celebrated English designers. Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and Paul Smith will all make appearances on the show as it attempts to examine Britain's most eponymous fashion looks. Episodes are broken down, for instance, by 'the high street' or 'the tailored look' and then the appropriate designers are called up to stage. So far we can't find the first episode online but we're guessing it's only a little while before it's available for Americans to watch. Check out the titles video, below.
The great disappointment of the Liz Claiborne and Narciso Rodriguez partnership sits for us at the uncomfortable space between creative vision and production values. As a designer, Narciso is not one for daring geometric interpretations or commercially confused offerings, he gives high end consumers the subtle brilliance of basics done right. In this sense the partnership should have been a great boon to a designer needing production and sourcing help to further his commitment to making the best possible garments. Having a conglomerate on your side gives you the ability to negotiate deals with textile firms and producers that would be impossible as an independent. Whether or not this support manifested we may never know. But we can only hope that there was no stifling of creative effort because in truth we wonder who could possibly argue with his incredibly appealing and easy to sell garments.
Contemporary designer, and NY party girl, Charlotte Ronson has been asked to design a capsule collection for more than half of JC Penney's 1,093 stores. The line will be of the sportswear variety and be called I [Heart] Ronson which is kind of nonsensical but cute if you don't question it. Looking at Ronson's own ready to wear line, which shows properly during New York Fashion Week, we're curious how she will continue to justify her high prices in light of her collections for Urban Outfitters and JC Penney which look just as sharp at half the price. The boundaries are surely blurring with Ronson, but that's not saying that she won't get away with it. Above, the lower end of Ronson's higher priced line; not unlike a capsule for a mass retailer.
Narciso Rodriguez and Liz Claiborne Inc are ending their 18-month-old partnership after what has been months of speculation about the future of the partnership including concerns over ownership rights from Rodriguez. Excitingly, Rodriguez will regain full ownership of his business and inherent trademarks
Prada and LG Group have teamed up for the second time with a new Prada Phone with a set of unique features that is likely to please both technology and fashion fans. It has a QWERTY keyboard, video calling, a 5 mega-pixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, a full HTML browser and an ultra-thin keyboard.
J.C Penney has signed a deal to distribute Charlotte Ronson at 600 of their stores. Impressive work for a quasi-celebrity contemporary designer.
Munich based Stylebop has launched an ecommerce shop in the United States.
In some parts of the world there really are the fashion police and its not a funny joke. More than 35 young women wearing tight trousers were arrested in South Sudan for disturbing the peace, senior police officials said on Tuesday.
And finally for those confused by baggy trousers a guide to figuring it all out.