Marchesa Spring 2009 Show Images By Astrid Stawiarz
Posts for September 10th 2008
Please indulge in our week-long stream of visual stimulation, we're still here, we're just hiding behind video cameras and gallery uploads and the one power outlet we've found North of 16th Street. You can break our Fashion Week content into three significant parts, namely, video content, runway photos, and creative photos. From the videos you'll most likely find a backstage interview with the designer, from the runway photos just about any wardrobe inspiration you fancy, and from the creative photos, every strange and beautiful thing you could think of that's happening at the shows this week. We've still London, Milan, and Paris to go--don't lose steam the Spring 09 season has just begun.
Being a classicist has certain consequences for how one perceives the evolution and continuation of history. Thucydides tells us that one must interpret history within the framework of one's culture and times. The great lesson of his history of the Peloponnesian War is that circumstances change, humanity does not, thus one must understand humanity within its circumstances. This thesis applies just as much to the historians of the world as to the designers. Interpreting the successes and failures of a collection must come within the context of the culture you are viewing. Call us Straussian interpreters of fashion but it is within the context, culture, and consumers of Oscar De La Renta that we review his work.
And as such we argue that no one has been more successful within their own idiom than Oscar De La Renta. It wouldn't matter what was sent down the runway, we would show our love and fealty because it is a triumph of its own context. This is by no means a post-modern critique, in fact precisely the opposite. We do not compare it to other ages, we do not compare it to other designers, it is not remotely relative. It exists for itself, by itself, and within its own culture and should be critiqued as such.
We can tell you what we saw on the runway but keen observers of fashion will not be surprised to hear what we saw on the Spring 2009 Runway. Sure there were a few novelties, he opened with bathing suits in grey and red. But the emblems of the Oscar De La Renta way continue to walk down the runway season after season, changing, morphing, updating but always existing within the context of the Oscar De La Renta world. Silk faile, chiffon, and crepe form the textile basis for full skirts, tailored dresses and structured jackets. Evening gowns wowed us, and yes there were plenty of lovely hand bags. It is everything a lady of class, sophistication and let us not forget power, could ever need. And as long as it stays true to that world it is a success.
Please enjoy our photographer Justin Lin's scenes from the show.
We got a chance to interview Michelle Smith of Milly and catch a glimpse of her bohemian Spring 2009 before the show and found ourselves surprisingly charmed.
Sportswear and Americana are two things not unfamiliar to Michael Kors, but this Spring 09, the wattage was turned way up. Like many designers this season (including Robert Gellar, Shipley & Halmos, and United Bamboo, among others) black and white stripes made an appearance and (a la Marc Jacobs) mixed prints were pitted against the block color solids that came in between. Check out the entire Spring 09 collection here.
Its a tricky time to be as glamorous as the Monique Lhuillier woman but if you have the guts to go with romance you couldn't find a better bet than Monique. Check out our runway footage of the designer's Spring 2009 collection.