London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009.
Posts for September 19th 2008
And sometimes amidst all of the new and different at Coterie one realizes that perpetual favorites stay in that category for a reason. Coutorture favorite Adam Lippes had a serene booth at Pier 94 (complete with delightful sales staff, something we can't say for many designers we visited) where we were able to browse his Spring 2009 collection in more depth handling the textiles, playing with combinations and otherwise seeing the detail work a runway show can never fully showcase. With his keen eye for color the collection beautifully balanced vibrant yellows, pinks, and blues with more subtle pastels to impressive effect. All in all, another impressive effort from this rising star!
The desire for casual contemporary clothing that transcends the basics will never go away and Sam Nieves Velez and Sharon Lavi have continually refined some of the best aspects of the genre in their line Nieves Lavi. Comfortable and easy to wear yet visually appealing, the line works for the laid back California girl just as well as the New York urbanite. We found it to be one of the few lines that worked both coasts in your editors bi-coastal lifestyle. Known for their prints, their Spring 2009 collection doesn't disappoint.
One of the best parts of attending the giant buyer's festival that is Coterie is the potential to discover new and interesting lines without leaving New York. Lungta de Fancy is a new line for us and we couldn't be more pleased with discovering a great London based designer right here at home without having to hop on a plane to join our fellow editor at London Fashion Week. Feminine and soft in character, the line nonetheless has a firm grasp of sophisticated tailoring. Our verdict? Watch out Erin Fetherston, this line does dreamy womanhood with the best of them.
At first we likened the Victim collection to Betsey Johnson but with an edgier, more punky feel but then, as the show went on, we saw an ever more appropriate analogy. Our colleague, Laura Street, who works on our sister site PopsugarUK, likened the girls we saw on the Victim runway to Japanese Lolita's and that, we thought, was right on the money. In one exit two girls emerged from behind the backstage walls, one, a typical teenage model, and the other, an actual child. From what we could tell the child's parents were sitting front row, smiling ear to ear at their daughter who was made up to look like some kind of circus burlesque creature. When Cyndi Lauper's "Girl's Just Want To Have Fun" came on to close the show, our mood admittedly lightened a bit. It was fun in the end, with all of the girls together in their outifts, but still left us feeling a bit, inappropriate.
While our other editor fearlessly covers London Fashion Week where Issa showed its Spring 2009 collection, we were checking out the line at Coterie. We haven't quited figured out how they managed the transatlantic samples yet with both a runway show and a buyers tradeshow, but we were glad to see more of the line's signature easy to wear jersey options and appealing patterns (we loved the green lipsticks) plus a few exciting developments like a gold sequined jacket.
>> While Chanel Iman is firing off voice-over dispatches from Fashion Week, Coco Rocha has been busy taping her new video series, "Insider's Guide to Backstage," in between catwalks. There are six episodes total, and the first has just premiered, following Coco backstage at Matthew Williamson, where she enlightens us on such model wisdom as how to get away with stealing runway shoes you're not supposed to and how to hide from cameras you don't want to talk to.