Milan Fashion Week Jil Sander Spring 2009 Photos by Karl Prouse
Posts for September 23rd 2008
>> She may be the Fall 2008 face of Chanel, but yesterday, Claudia Schiffer traded in her fashion frocks for something a little more . . . traditional. She broke out a dirndl, gathered up some friends, and got back to her German roots at Oktoberfest in Munich. The new garb is only temporary, though — she's expected at Dolce & Gabbana in Milan on Thursday.
And here we go around the blogosphere again for another look at what products, designers, and pressing questions are captivating the hearts and minds of our beloved community.
Wardrobe Oxygen made us giggle, cheer, and even tear up a little as she turned one of fashion's favorite catch phrases "make it work" on its head. You see sometimes you just should't make a garment work. And in the immortal words of a certain lawyer named Elle Woods, if the fabric won't work with you don't work with it!
Spork Fashion has a really cute butt! No really, she is testing out Levi's Totally Sliming Jeans which are amazingly only $20 at Wal-Mart. We think this might be an example of the fabric working for you!
Platinum Blonde Life is in love with Lim's Louboutins (rolling those "L"s off the tongue was fun!) showing off a beautiful collage of look at me goodness.
Fasshonaburu has discovered Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato and is loving that its manga print cuteness translates to regular women.
15 Minute Beauty has let it be known that the YSL Black Lipgloss is here. OMG! We are obviously fans here at Coutorture as we have lost track of the amount of times we have referenced this collection.
>> THE MODELIZER —Kate Moss is in Paris right now with Sir Philip Green — does that mean she will show up front row at Paris Fashion Week like she did last week at Vivienne Westwood? Or maybe she's just in town to get the ball rolling on the new Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibition she's collaborating on, about — what else — herself? [PopSugar, Off the Rack]
When Gimmo Etro founded founded the company in 1968 it was as a small textile division specializing in silks and satins, so its no surprise that the Spring 2009 collection included many fine silks in the houses signature paisley print. The Spring 2009 collection was filled with just the sort of St. Tropez bohemian wear that never gets old for a certain kind of lady. Whether she lives a live of leisure or works hard for the privileges these clothes clearly say I have more time to consider yacht options.
Its not intellectual taxing but simply good fashion fun, the kind that unabashedly borrows from other cultures (in this case the paisley is an ancient Indian tradition inspired by the palm tree) because really why should we have to work? After all, reconstituting and repurposing is plenty taxing. And really we don't mean to be glib, knowing how to remix a cultural artifact into current relevance is tricky.
Its comforting to know that an old school textile famiglia can still succeed in the cutthroat world of luxury. The Etro clan includes Kean the creative director of the fashion house, Jacopo who deals with the textiles division and foreign affairs, Ippolito who manages company administrative and finance, and Veronica who is in charge of the design.
>> A fish pattern on the runway, models slipping in their snakeskin platform shoes . . . Spring 2009 Prada is here. Ymre Stiekema and Katie Fogarty nabbed the show exclusives, and Anouck Lepere even suited up for the occasion. Elvis Presley music provided the soundtrack to the crumpled, rumpled half-skirts and crop tops Miuccia Prada sent down the runway, symbolic of the "primitive" theme she had in mind. But in the end, Miuccia went for the gold — literally — five brightly gilded dresses ended the show.
Cristina Ortiz is in her second season with Salvatore Ferragamo and we can only imagine the pressure she must feel to perform for the Florentine luxury brand’s women’s ready-to-wear collection, particularly given just how often designers are playing musical creative director these days. In fact, we are getting the distinct feeling that Ortiz has been thinking a lot about other design houses recently. Ferragamo is in the end best know for their shoes (the brand's name sake invented both the wedge and the cage heel) and has not had the same success transcending that accessory focused past.
Which is why we have to make note of the fact that Ortiz, previously the chief designer at Lanvin, where Alber Elbaz succeeded her, seems to be making use of quite a few of her past's present collection. In fact voluminous and colorful is exactly how we would describe Ortiz's Spring 2009 Salvatore Ferragamo with flowing hot pink, orange, and red gowns.
>> THE MODELIZER —Is Ymre Stiekema the new Sasha Pivovarova over at Prada? The 16-year-old Dutch model was chosen to be the face of Prada's Fall 2008 Linea Rossa campaign, and this evening in Milan, she scored an ace in the hole: the coveted Prada Spring 2009 runway exclusive. Ymre opened the show, while Sigrid Agren closed. [Models.com Daily Feed]
>> Those Spring 2009 Prada shoes are treacherous. This morning, Russian newcomer Yulia Kharlapanova opened at Jil Sander — and was heralded as "Milan's first star." But just as fast as doors can open, they can also close; Later on in the day, Yulia stumbled and fell at Prada. Ouch — of all runways, Prada is not one you want to fall on — it is perhaps the most singularly watched for casting choices and new modelling stars in the making. A little condolence, Yulia: at least Jessica Stam stumbled, too.