Japan Fashion Week Fall 2008
Posts for March 12th 2008
Oh, Los Angeles, you crazy old broad. Los Angeles Fashion Week, which comes just before Market Week, is chalk full of many license-less New Yorkers hitting the pedal to the metal and cruising to the shows. We think it's a funny little image, and although the shows never generate the same kind of excitement as New York, there are always those moments when you say to yourself, "Baby, a star is born". As much as the thought of Jenna Jamison unveiling the newest Peta Ad, well, startles us, we'd prefer to just, well, recap. Below, our rundown of what Los Angeles has thrown on the table the past few days. Namely, one designer for each day and a little Gen Art lovin'.
JMary, Jesse Kamm, & Le Sang des Betes: This will be the fifth year that Gen Art hosts its "The New Garde" event, showcasing up and coming designers West Coast style. The event, sponsored by Botox, kicked off Los Angeles Fashion Week. JMary showed West Coast evening appropriate outerwear in black and charcoal wool, there was a pleated black dress that would have satisfied fashionistas from both coasts. Jesse Kamm, who launched her label a few years ago, showed a collection inspired by Crocodile Dundee. The hand printed head scarves she created as part of the collection, we're right on target with Fall trends but not a far reach, given her inspiration. Finally Trang Chau of Le Sang des Betes, showed off her training as a sculptor by showing tailored garments with a slightly off-kilter silhouette (pictured above).
Sunday, March 9, Whitley Kros: The line, rep'd by People's Revolution, featured bohemian layering in bright colors. The best print by far, a sort of digital Southwestern print, appeared on three frocks, each to suit different figures. The designers, Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Coloma (one of the founders of Satine), specialize in what they refer to as 'luxe casual wear' which we saw manifest in the high quality knit sweaters and chic silk trousers. Click to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Monday, March 10, Suh-Tahn: All the black, brown, and leather a New Yorker in Los Angeles can handle. This Fall 08 season, Suh-Tahn featured a palate of basic colors, and one refreshing white cotton dress. The dress, a simple scoop neck with dipped waist seam, epitomizes what casual West Coast style does best. Namely, a well-made basic that is as glamorous as any high maintenance frock (given the right accessories and attitude). Indeed, this is how you dress up in Los Angeles and for a moment there, we felt a little jealous. Click to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Tuesday, March 11, Falguni & Shane Peacock: This Fall 08 saw leopard silk prints, dramatic drapery, and jeweled embellishments. At worst it veered towards tacky airport-shop sheaths, and at best, towards vintage Versace glamour. What was most successful were the mixing of loud prints, jewels, drapery, and length without appearing like the bedspread from hell. Falguni & Shane Peacock, also known as Peacock Couture, governs a bridal, resort, and men's line in addition to the womenswear collections. The company made its debut during India Fashion Week, some years back. Click to see images from the Fall 08 collection.
Los Angeles Fashion Week, Images Courtesy of Getty via Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Los Angeles Fashion Week, Images courtesy of Getty via Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
We're still obsessed with fashions from South of the Equator. This time, however, our gaze has shifted to Argentina, where style innovators such as Trosman, Tramando, and A.Y. Not Dead captured our attention and piqued our wanderlust. Interestingly enough, two of the designers we found ourselves drawn to used to work together. Before splitting up to focus on their own lines, Jessica Trosman and Martin Churba were Trosman Churba, a sartorial force to be reckoned with. Recognized as South America's preeminent contemporary label, the duo's architectural designs garnered praise from fashion editors, fashion forward Argentines, and in-the-know jetsetters. As sad as it was to see them split up, they are now both successful designers in their own right, with distinct visions that continue to appeal to the modern woman. While there is certainly an intellectual bent to both collections, each attracts a different customer.
Tramando: Churba's label, Tramando, offers unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect an art-inspired lifestyle. In fact, he also specializes in decorative items for the home. Stepping into his boutique is an otherworldly, sensory experience, prompting one to touch the beaded vases crafted into organic shapes, eye the prints that look as if they were painted by hand, and enjoy the softly lit, serene atmosphere. Tramando is all about "textile philosophy" and even has its own textile lab, where his team collaborates to craft materials and develop new technologies. The objet d'art aesthetic and use of unusual materials, textures, and shapes gives one the feeling that there are no other objects like these on earth. Click to see images from the Spring 08 collection.
Trosman: Trosman, by contrast, has three boutiques in Buenos Aires and the vibe is much more urban. Though not exactly mass market, it's more accessible than Tramando's "wearable art". Trosman creates edgy yet easy to wear, affordable separates whose artfully draped silhouettes hint at an underlying intellectualism. It's no wonder her influences include Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Charles Eames, and Mies Van der Rohe. Because her collections are never thematic, her pieces have a timelessness about them. Trosman's palette is also much more subdued than that of her former partner, favoring urban-friendly greys and neutrals in fine cotton and stretch jersey. Her line is now carried in exclusive boutiques the world over. Click to see images from the Spring 08 collection.
A.Y. Not Dead: Gleaning inspiration from rock music, art, and the realities of South American life, the tastemaking duo of Noel Romero and Angeles Chevallier launched their first collection in 2003, entitled "Le Freak c'est Chic." As a result, their designs for A.Y. Not Dead look as if they would be equally at home on the streets of Tokyo by day, or getting dancey in London by night, all set to the electro soundtrack of Parisian DJ's. The punchy colors reflect the fun, youthful energy behind the designers, who decided to return to Argentina after a stint at Central Saint Martins and are now highly respected by the young, club-going set who frequent their three stores. Click to see images from the Spring 08 collection.