Dagmar Spring Summer 2009 Collection at W29 showroom.
Posts for November 5th 2008
Sydney designer, Claire Greaves, started her label, Maise Denim, after designing for Topshop straight out of college. The young designer's denim range is already making waves in America and across the world based on the classic fit that her designs embrace. Classic, in this context, means true-waist fitted jeans with a variety of ankle-cuts and washes. With the growing popularity of 'mom' cut jeans, Maise hit shelves at the right moment. Our favorite pairs from the Spring 2009 collection were the stovepipe jeans with their signature true-waist rises. One pair that stood out had a burnt orange wash which should fit right in with so many garments of that color from the Spring 09 season. Check out our gallery from the W29 showroom below.
While we usually try to keep our focus on one season, we're kind of loving the whole Don The Verb package right now. From the Fall 08 look book shot YSL-style, to the delivery (and popularity) of the collection a la OAK, to their side business of selling amazing designer vintage pieces, to the new, light-as-air Lower East Side-inspired Spring 2009 collection--we think the entire Don The Verb enterprise is touching on something New York chictsers will respond positively to...and if we're right, queue stylists pushing the clothing into magazine editorials, street style credits like mad, and, finally, an Urban Outfitters or Target collaboration that will take Don The Verb beoynd, well, New York.
Before you start planning your Spring 09 wardrobe around these bags, we should break the ice by saying they start at $1,500. Alas, a luxury price point never stopped a determined (or financially gifted) fashionista. Chain mesh is one of de couture's signature materials and this Spring 09 it was used in such a glamorous yet refined way--we couldn't be bigger fans of their work. All of the basic colors in your wardrobe; nude, black, chocolate, gold, and silver, were used in the collection and mixed and matched beautifully. Our favorites were a nude suede shoulder bag woven with sparkling silver chain and a small chocolate colored clutch with black mesh. Check out our snapshots from the showroom below.
Earlier this week, at the OAK Showroom, we checked out the Spring 09 collection by jewelry designer Chris Habana. We interviewed Habana before the debut of his Fall 08 collection and liked it so much, we created a photo shoot around our favorite pieces. This Spring 09 Habana brings the same pop-culture cognizant aesthetic to his collection with pieces inspired by Saved By The Bell-era fashion and late eighties/early nineties surf culture. Habana's pieces are unisex and always balance colorful retro-influences with tough, gothic sensibilities.
On this momentous day in American history what else can we do but start our fashion news round-up off with news about the Presidency?
This morning WWD outlines the projections for President Obama's first 100 days in office. Turning the economy around is of interest to the fashion industry too, after all. All along, many of fashion's biggest names were vocal in their support of his nomination and raised sums for his race to Presidency.
And then there's the fun bit...Michelle Obama, now America's official first lady, is getting the fashion world excited for a return to the Jackie Onassis days. Vogue UK has already started in with the style galleries.
Unfortunately, Jens Laugesen is folding after six years. The British designer won a slew of important awards and designed capsule collections for Topshop but financial sponsorship did not come quickly or substantially. Luckily, Laugesen has every intention of staying in the industry and we hope to see him as Creative Director somewhere within weeks. To see images from his Fall 08 collection, click here.
In more optimistic news...Alexander McQueen will be designing for Target's new Designer Collaborations program that, unlike Go International, focuses on more established, recognizable names in fashion. This program will replace what is now Isaac Mizrahi's last season with the retailer.