Posts for September 10th 2008
>> When Natalie Portman comes to the show, Keira Knightley hits up the after party, and Anna Wintour brings Bee — who usually only goes to Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler — along, you know Rodarte is really starting to make it big. Even Vogue Italia's editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani, had a little trouble getting in — apparently, she tried to follow Anna and Bee through the velvet rope, but the PR staff wouldn't allow it.
Onto the clothes: They followed the same thought process as the Fall 2008 collection, but with a few key changes — the colors, the shoes (those treacherous shoes, made by Nicholas Kirkwood instead of Christian Louboutin this season), and the leggings, which were leather instead of knit, and although they looked laser cut, were entirely handmade. Some think the look veered into Balenciaga territory, but me? I'm just enjoying the view.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Could Anna Wintour's successor at Vogue be Russian? The New York Times seems to think it's possible: Russian Vogue's Aliona Doletskaya's "somewhat austere presence has fueled blog twittering that she is on a short list of likely successors," but Aliona dismisses the rumors as "pure fantasy, just that — someone else’s romantic notion." [NY Times]
Michelle Smith is feeling relaxed for Spring 2009 with a return to a more bohemian lifestyle, but its luxurious edgy socialite wear not simple earthy fare.
Inspired by the great European models of the 1960s, Michelle was looking to interpret a kind of relaxed glamour. But rather than doing it in strictly pop colors as one might be tempted she incorporated what she called "ugly" colors like yellows and browns. Telling us "its more fresh" that way.
We enjoyed her attention to detail which shone in the collection's very serious styling. Bracelets, baubles, Manolo Blahnik sandals, and charming braids to pull the windswept flat ironed locks away from your face on the yacht pulled together a very clear lifetstyle picture. Why reinterpret the wheel, err, beach wear for your trip to St. Tropez?
In a world of very serious fashion we do appreciate the fun. This is happy salable fashion at its finest without a hint of pretension. The whole thing just makes us smile. And really wish the week were over so we could put on something slap happy and go on vacation.