Venexiana Fall 2008 Fashion Show, 2/1/08
Posts for February 2008
Craftsmanship to create artifice leaves us hiding many things. Layers of makeup and attitude obscure the realities of our company town. When you go through the day dodging politics and weaving webs something hidden can mean something gained. After all, the fashion flock knows what is behind the curtain. We just prefer that you don't know about the wizard.
Pouring rain and oozing personalities run together. Uneasy standing room guests eye lines of self satisfied seated guests displaying their status with bright invitations. And yet the hierarchy of a once industry only event continues to disintegrate. Ostentatious sponsors have overtaken the nooks and crannies of the tents allowing the many drones of Fashion Week little space to congregate for work. American Express, Mercedes Benz, Lycra, BAWLS, and new varieties of vodka we have never encountered fill any possible seating areas. The political, the commercial and the aesthetic have run together leaving everything feeling blurry. And its not just the rain.
We're reluctant to admit this but BCBG Max Azria's belted looks for Fall 08 really caught our attention. Sure the aesthetic, overall, is more cutesy than high fashion but the belting (a styling afterthought or planned accessory?) we think appropriate for the variety of volumes and layers we'll encounter come fall. In fact, in the middle of the season one of the worst and most common feelings is that you've been stewing under layers for too long. Mid-winter is the time when you miss your actual silhouette and yet it's located under five layers of clothing. The ol' trench belt routine isn't new to fashion but it sure looks fresh on the runway. We've recently become big fans of buying a size up from what we normally wear simply for the comfort of it and the laid back attitude it seems to convey. With that, it looks like we'll need a belt or two, for those times when we feel like we live in our own personal fashion tent. Check out the BCBG Max Azria Fall 08 collection for belting examples that range from evening frocks to overcoats. There's not a version we don't approve of.
We just popped into the Wayne A/W 08 presentation downtown where the breezy collection really lifted our spirits. On a rainy day the 1940's aviation themed collection made us wish we were high above the clouds. Looks like Wayne's got quite a following as it was full of young, pretty things, throwing back the booze. While the girls slowly moved across four platforms, a man sat in the corner playing harmonica and singing in a very lonesome, Steinbeck sort of way. Our video, and photos from the collection, coming to you shortly.