Lorella Signorino must be cursing her "models and bottles" Love Sex Money name right now as the idea of conspicuous consumption and all its attendant sexual aspirations begin to strike the majority of the population as in bad taste. But that didn't stop the collection from being full of peek a boob delights, following in the footsteps of a solid majority of Milan collections for Spring 2009, even as it tempered the sex of a gentile dose of loving femininity. Soothing whites and creams with charming cut outs took care of the love, the sheer delights took care of the sex, but given the tough market now all we can say is show me the money.
Posts for September 26th 2008
Amid all the seriousness of the financial crisis in America and the muted Milan catwalks, Agatha Ruiz De La Prada's good natured loopiness for her Spring 2009 collection left us all smiles. Exagerated bowties, giant hearts, and entire flower beds create a kind of adult candyland in which the proportions are so much bigger for the express purpose of making us feel like kids again.
Not that we can imagine anyone but the most loopy grandmother or the most darling precocious child actually having the guts to put on a dress with the kind of proportions on display but the mere notion that someone is still cheery enough to try cheers us immensely.
Donatella must really be counting on things getting better in the next decade, or at least by spring, as Versace Spring 2009 had a positively mod futurism to it along with its traditional sleek sexual appeal, but then we must say the two aesthetics dovetail nicely.
Clean, crisp, shiny, even a bit ascetic if we can use that term to describe Versace without a smirk. But then we contend going for flippant frippery in a downturn is something that is psychologically challenging for consumers so perhaps the Versace team is simply merchandising for a recession. We certainly found it appealing even if we are not the target Versace. We could have done without the pastoral floral billowing gowns which did not feel integrated into the over all theme but then since everyone is doing the billowing gown we suppose they did it just for the trend report round ups.
Matthew Williamson has grown in popularity and as a designer steadily over the last few years so its little surprise that his own vision has seen a similar development in clarity, and it is little surprise that this focus is emerging as a point of contention for his soon to be former bosses at Pucci. We personally felt his Isle of Capri vacation as state of being theme for Pucci Spring 2009 was very much in line with the ideals of the house. But the downside of working with a house that is so iconically associated with an aesthetic is that any types of personal reinterpretation are invariably going to be viewed with suspicion.
Unlike brands with specific pieces of iconography like a logo or traditional silhouettes, a print and a defined aesthetic leave little room for the current creative's own artistic vision. This is not necessarily a bad thing as much of fashion is about the marketing of a commercially viable position, something a brand like Pucci is sure to relish in a downturn of conflicted attentions and pocket books. But combine that with a creative director that has his own flare for prints and trouble can occur. Take the brand too far from its roots and you diminish its inherent capital and that of its designers. Its a lose lose situation for both parties. Whether Peter Dundras will have any more like remains to be seen but we wish him the best.
A stylish girl needs very few things in life, a little black dress, a nice pair of pumps and of course a high quality long lasting Italian handbag for toting around all of life's little necessities for those trips to the powder room. We have gathered together 50 bags of various shapes, sizes and materials from Versace Fendi, Pucci, Gucci, La Perla, Pringle of Scotland, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Etro, Moschino, Burberry and Frankie Morello to aid in that process. Enjoy!
We are so angry at the failure of the American government to propose a reasonable bailout strategy for Wall Street we can barely control ourselves, and while our problem may be emotional incontinence apparently a lack of control is the inspiration for Japan's newest fashion trend. Seriously, a fashion show of "nappies" aka diapers to show an aging population just how fashionable diapers can be happened in Tokyo. The funniest part? They played Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Beauty behemoths may be well financed for the rough road ahead but smaller cosmetic firms are in for a tough time.
French Jeweler Mauboussin is opening a Madison Avenue boutique
Belgium designers are getting a grip on business, Maison Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten are opening stores and entering into licensing agreements in order to boost their sales.
It turns out not advertising can be good for business if you have eager broke customers shopping your store for the price point and not that quality.
Jeremy Scott, who will show his namesake collection in Paris on Sept. 30, has signed a multiseason deal with activewear giant Adidas to design apparel and footwear for men and women. Streetwear designers Alyasha Owerka-Moore and Kazuki are also involved. His winged high tops are actually pretty cool.