Photography: Alex Norden, Styling: Julie Fredrickson, Art Direction: Alex Norden and Julie Fredrickson, Styling Assistance: Megan Zanke. Accessories from Subversive Jewelry
Posts for February 12th 2008
Today we popped into the Coterie Trade Show where the godforsaken clothes are actually bought and sold! If you fancy a quick glance at Fall 08, off the runway, here are some photos we snapped in attendance. Coterie, one of the most prominent trade shows in America, takes place in the Javits Center and is vast and sprawling. The maze of designers is only navigable by the atmosphere of their respective booths. Indeed, as any good New Yorker knows, even in the space of a kitchen tile one can make themselves known. Tory Birch had a guard with clipboard as the booth was 'by appointment only', Rag & Bone was prohibiting press pictures (thanks lady, we've got the runway shots anyway), and Earnest Sewn built a huge wooden wall to act as a shield against the lesser-merchandised vendors. Adam by Adam Lippies, Diabless, Manoush, and Iodice, on the other hand, hosted mini-Coterie parties in their respective booths where all were welcome. Some representatives hired models to pass out look books, while others simply mowed-down on sandwiches, staring into space. It was day three of the event, after all, and everyone let their true colors shine through. Some of our favorite designers at the show, coming soon.
Given our fondness for textiles it is little surprise that we are drawn to Raphaelle Cavalli's contemporary womenwear's line Cotélac. The French line advertises it self as slightly offbeat, with a dash of the bohemian spirit. And while its playful spirit will make it popular with the hipster cum Francophil crowd, its the attention to detail and the quality of the fabrics that make the line appeal to us. Its easy to dash off a contemporary line that will sell but taking the time to craft a great garment is a rare quality, one that Colélac has in spades.
Beauty bloggers were out in force at New York Fashion Week. We followed quite a few community members very avidly through the week and even occasionally bumped into them. They left no "hot stone" (sigh, we have massages on the brain) unturned as everything from hair, makeup and nails was fair game for their digital cameras.
ShinyGloss captured the shiny low chignons backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo show and Betsy Johnson's crimped insanity, Temptalia hit up so many MAC Cosmetics sponsored shows it made our heads spin, The Daily Obsession's detailed rundown of the makeup at Charlotte Ronson is fool proof to follow and frankly so are their backstage 3.1 Phillip Lim hair tips! and All Lacquered Up let us get up close and personal backstage with the jeweled black nails at Baby Phat and caught us up with every conceivable trend at Creative Nail Design
Leave it to Rodarte to show us the side of ballerina so often neglected in favor of jewelry-box iconography. This A/W 08 season, Rodarte referenced this popular aesthetic from the back-door, thankfully leaving out all pink bows and leg warmers. Texture was the central force at work and each piece looked discombobulated, as if the product of a dream or drawing. The tights, for example, like cobwebs, drew upon a dark and distorted version of the classic fishnet. In the end, the collection was characteristically feminine with a complexity that took on a eerie and subconscious mood.