We've just come from the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2009 show, and body-skimming it was. Backstage Rowley talked about pairing things down to their most sleek, streamlined, sporty manifestations and the collection was just that. Things got interesting when Rowley employed cut-outs, block color, and sporty lace (a la Miu Miu Fall 08), but none of this was over the top because she kept things so close to the body. Stay tuned for runway photos, backstage photos, and runway video with interview--all coming through our doors later today. For now, here's a picture of the designer backstage with Bobbi Brown!
Posts for September 11th 2008
We just finished an interview with an icon of commercial sportswear Tommy Hilfiger before his Spring 2009 fashion show at Lincoln Center. A comfortable, welcoming backstage as only Paul Wilmot can provide, we enjoyed some tiramisu and a little bubbly while we waited for the show to start.
We really hate to compare legitimately unique designers to their peers, preferring to judge each collection on its own merits, but we couldn't help but see a little bit of our beloved Marni in Vera Wang's Spring 2009 collection shown just a few hours ago. Vera has always had a signature aesthetic that borders on the dark and dreamy, one which we find quite compelling by and large.
But with her Spring 2009 collection we felt it had a kind of brooding maturity that we often associate with Consuelo Castiglioni. Vera has often as if she were appealing to the young and Gothic among us even if beneath that darkness it was a very pretty girl with a yen for ballet. But this collection had a kind of studied seriousness that made us do a double take. Dark loose dresses, cardigans, full skirts, boxy proportions and easy styling said this is a woman's wardrobe.
We long to be 40, casually creative (but moneyed) and graying just to have the gravitas to pull off the kind of clothing that says I am relaxed, older, confident and much too stylish to require any frippery but the most intellectual accessories. Marni has always helped us aspire towards that goal and now we feel Vera might be on our list as well.
>> It's been an odd Fashion Week without Carine Roitfeld's impeccable style or Tanya Dziahileva's cherubic face, but another person of note was missed — on the runways, anyway — Irina Lazareanu. She's been spotted at Monday's Vogue/Cole Haan party in Missoni, yesterday's V magazine party in a sequined top, denim cutoffs, and a feather, and also yesterday, front row at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Sitting front row isn't a new thing for Irina — she was in row one last season at Erin Fetherston — but what is new? For the first time in three years, she's taking a break from the runway: "To be honest, I wanted to take a season off." But just in New York — she will be walking "a little" in Milan and Paris.
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