It doesn't really get much snazzier than these patent Peter Jensen for Topshop shoes. We might be alone on this but the grey patent loafer is our favorite, it just screams 'snazzy old man' and that kind of makes us want to wear them. All priced at $210 and entirely shippable to the United States we say go for it. Check out our video from the Spring 09 Peter Jensen show as part of London Fashion Week. Inspired by Jodi Foster, it will only encourage a patent loafer purchase.
Posts for November 11th 2008
A friend of ours went to visit one of the designers of Mexican brand, TEAMO, and sent us this picture of one of their Spring 09 blouses. Buttoned-up and cropped to perfection, it got us thinking about how many blouses were styled this way on the Spring 09 runways. Crop tops we're written about, but the buttoned-up look is just now permeating in our minds. We remember seeing a similar look, right off the bat, at the Karen Walker show. It was similarly cropped but, in this case, floral. There were also fabulous examples of buttoned-up tops at Behnaz Sarafpour--these came with strong shoulders too. Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren both did it in creams with full fledged androgynous styling to boot. Even Marc Jacobs, as feminine as was his Spring 09 collection, kept things tidy with this look. 'Buttoned up', admittedly, is something we'll see every season but there seemed to be a plethora of examples this Spring. Just like the choice to tuck-in, buttoning up is a subtle yet marked trend in its own right.
To see that pink TEAMO blouse in action, click here.
Some you could call swimwear and some, lingerie, but there's no denying the abundance of pant-less models at the Spring 09 shows. This phenomenon might have manifested from similar examples in the Fall 08 shows or it could be an easy way to show off Spring's 'front row' shoes. The pant-less models could be making a statement about the recession (literal or metaphoric) or the designer's could have left them half-dressed so that heavy Fall-like tops didn't seem so inappropriate for Spring. Whatever the reason we're not quite sure this look will make it off the catwalk. Then again, crazier things have happened...
We only just discovered California based brand RosenMunns a few weeks back when we realized they offered a literal interpretation of 'mom jeans' as part of their Fall 08 collection (sold out). In fact, they created the 'On Blonde' jeans to be paired with a denim crop top shirt called 'Blonde' (also sold out). Anyone missing the reference might want to pack it in now... it only gets wittier from here. Also in the Fall collection is an oversized shirt that reads, "I Ate Mary Kate" and, on Anica Boutique's opening page (the only place, as far as we can tell, where you can buy RosenMunns clothing) is a note that reads,
"sydney rose davies of california, and ashley munns (the first) of arizona, are rosenmunns. some big shot at the rose company got together with some big shot at the munns company and decided to rip off the american public. welcome to the jungle."
The Spring 09 collection is subdued in comparison--not that we don't appreciate a little humor with our fashion. Check out the highly covetable RosenMunns Spring 09 collection below.
Jumpsuits cropped up often in the Spring 09 shows, and, in the wake of an era dominated by onesy-s of all manifestations, some parameters are in order. On the one hand, you can take your jumpsuit to an androgynous place with the flight suit looks. It's relatively subdued and rather nice when paired with heels. On the other side of the spectrum come unabashed, seventies-inspired jumpsuits. Whether bejeweled, or a-symmetrical, these suits are always wide legged and silk. We're all about a trend that has a silhouette for every type of person--we just hope they don't proliferate the market the way the shorts-version did a few seasons back. Anyway, the full jumpsuit has always been the more sophisticated option. Here's to one-stop shopping of a different kind.