Posts for May 14th 2008
This contemporary brand has all of its ducks in a row. We can literally picture all of the bottles of wine that were probably consumed in hatching this elaborate concept; 'I know man, like, it can't be like that anymore man. We have to TEACH them.' or something like that. To their credit, there is some genuine thought behind their running a label that, based on the name alone, will never grow to become a Lanvin or Chanel (which is precisely their point). Most contemporary brands churn out trend and style without much consideration for keeping a slightly lower price point (it isn't easy) or editing what they produce so that it speaks of something definite and thoughtful. Slow And Steady Wins The Race, on the other hand, is 100% manifesto driven. Their deal is thus,
Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a new clothing label, presented as a bimonthly clothing diary, cataloguing ideas that are focused on a specific and fundamental characteristic of clothing design. With each issue, Slow and Steady Wins the Race intends to slowly open the cap on a more democratic dissemination, promotion and appreciation of clothing. The mission of the label is to push and produce interesting and significant pieces from the simplest and most inexpensive fabrics and materials. Only one hundred copies of each issue will be printed and distributed to magazines and select stores and only one hundred pieces of each style will produced.
So you might consider Slow and Steady Wins The Race to be fashion's young librarians and every time they give a lecture on another aspect of fashion, whether it's seams or bags or wedding dresses, they make 100 copies of an example for the audience. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us, we are most definitely paying attention.
We're tired of talking about how perfect that Adam knit frock is or how much we covet those patent Chloe sandals (still obsessing). It's beautiful outside and, naturally, this happiness makes us want to counterbalance with some proper New York pessimism. That said, we think Ligne 6 Martin Margiela is a major disappointment. Actually, to be fair, some of the sportswear referencing printed cotton frocks are up to par but this monstrosity is unacceptable. I mean, really? 'Jersey halter dress' is the best you can do? The last time we saw this dress (and it was the exact same dress) was in the Walgreens on Collins Ave. This thing looks like it should cost 12.99 and be worn with Havaianas (shudder) and a generous swathing of aloe vera. Yuck. First of all everyone knows that these dresses make your breasts look horrible (there are other adjectives but we insist on being ladylike) and, belly or no-belly, make you look like your carrying more than just 'water-weight'. To top it all off it surely comes mid-calf (attractive!) and gives you tourist tan-lines up top. We are really disappointed that La Garconne, an e-commerce normally quite trustworthy, thought this was a good buy. If we don't see this thing in the sale section or re-merched to the lingerie category (maybe people will think it is something then can wear while, uh, dying their hair?) we will have lost our faith in the cognizance of fashionistas. Pray that someone got fired (by fax) for this unoriginal, unflattering, $300 dollar mistake.