China Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009. Photos by STR.
Posts for November 6th 2008
This season Rodebjer's smoking jacket-as-dress has us pretty enchanted, and come Spring 09 not much will change. Always balancing the masculine and feminine in design, this Spring 09 Rodebjar offered up boxy blouses, lean silk blazers, cropped play pants, and some smart accessories. We agreed with the showroom representative who told us that if she had the entire collection in her wardrobe, she would be 100% pleased (she was, after all, wearing the aforementioned smoking jacket). Carin Rodebjer studied at FIT and has since relocated to her native country of Sweden where, we imagine, everyone loves her. Thank heavens she started her career here in New York's Lower East Side, otherwise we'd worry that she'd be an unknown designer to us for far too long. To see the Rodebjer Spring 2009 look book, click here. To see our snapshots from the showroom, click the gallery link below.
They haven't proliferated the retail shelves just yet but they will, so long as the Spring 09 runways have anything to do with it. Crop tops, whether they're silk or cotton, super-short or just slightly above the waistline, are a great compliment to the true-rise and high waist pants we'll be seeing for seasons to come, and, they're a great layering trick for slipping over dresses and tunics. Don't get us wrong, we're not advocates of the midriff as a fashion statement but we do love this look. It's a trend that lets you get creative with your outfit and that, in the end, is something we can never turn down.
Bright printed silk frocks with racer backs and criss-crosses, cropped slik tanks with cowl necks, and easy to wear short skirts, were all we needed to see to realize that this line is a department store friendly, no-brainer. There will never not be a place for such things in a young woman's wardrobe and we can't help but think of all of our mad crusades to find a dress for this or a skirt for that and how lines like Margarita Saplala are always our first destination. In this collection the color palette; blazing fuchsia, vibrant cobalt, and deep eggplant, added an element of youth while the silhouettes; short but not too short and body-skimming but not tight, balanced it out with sophistication. Saplala started her line with cotton t-shirts and gradually moved into a full ready-to-wear collection. It's no surprise that she ended up here--to a fashionista, a cocktail dress is as needed as a comfortable Sunday t-shirt.
Everyone loves the new ankle boots that are taking Fall 08 by storm, but what about those days when you're running errands and need an element of comfort? We're loving the combination of cropped denim and flat ankle boots for this reason. Whether it's a loud tie-dye wash, a sleek dark skinny jean, or the boyfriend cut, pairing your favorite cropped denim with a pair of flat ankle-highs is a fashionable and comfortable option. The Repetto boots are our favorite but the fringe and motorcycle boots are both more affordable and classic. Take your pick, and indulge in this perfect combination.
You know the romance of Tuesday's election is still heavy on the minds of the fashion industry when two canonical sources publish whimsical stories of what life might be like under President Barack Obama...
WWD wrote today on the modern, laid-back cool that we can expect under new leadership. A photo gallery includes photos of Obama and his family wearing nice clothing and gliding to their various destinations like teenagers.
Across the pond, The International Herald Tribune has a debate with itself about weather the Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2009 dress that Michelle Obama wore on election night was a "do" or a "don't". In the end the paper decides that more fashion fun is on the way.
In other, less fantastical news, a new art/fashion magazine, called Tar, has hit the scene and it's started its life out with Ryan McGinley spreads and loads of those elusive advertisements everyone's been talking about lately.
In the wake of his departure from Bill Blass, Peter Som has started in the capsule/collaboration business with a small line of children's clothing for the brand Best & Co. We're guessing at this point the man just wants to move fast and make some money.