Patrik Rzepski Spring Summer 2009 Runway
Posts for September 4th 2008
We're gearing up for New York Fashion Week over here, which kicks off, officially, this Friday. Of course, that means there are about a million shows starting tomorrow, because New York is bursting at the seams with designers. So, pardon us while we dig out those wireless sticks and charging devices. We're not the sort to plan outfits on these occasions, it's more a matter of sticking with basics and focusing on the equipment and planning required to cover the shows. After all, if a model falls on the catwalk and no one video taped it, did it happen? In the meantime, we thought it helpful to give you the rundown of our coverage this season. If you're as serious about your fashion as we are you'll likely want to plan your viewing strategies in advance, and this will make it that much easier. Video: We've three cameras floating about this season which means videos of tent shows and a slew of offsite shows. The latest you'll see them on our video page is the morning after the show has taken place. Sometimes you'll find them up late that evening. Videos reveal so much more than runway photos (i.e. the way the garment moves) and so, despite it nearly breaking our backs, we're pushing for more videos than ever before. This, you won't find anywhere else. Network: We'll be posting our usual Coutorture Community Must Reads in both the morning and evening and, in addition to that, we'll round up posts in the network that deal specifically with New York Fashion Week so that you can hear the impressions and musings from hundreds of bloggers talking about the shows. Think of it as a filter for the best of the best when it comes to fashion in the blogosphere. Written Content: We'll all be plugged in and running around and, more or less, sparing you our analysis of the fashions coming down the catwalk. What we will give you are quick postings about the energies backstage, about the fabrics, the colors, the straight facts of what's happening on and off site. We'll keep it short, simple, and to the point. Photos: Creative: For each day of fashion week we'll be bringing with us one of four talented photographers. They are: Justin William Lin, Shannon Sinclair, Jonathan Melamed, and Robert Malmberg. These fine guys and gals will accompany us backstage, front of house, and in those mad dashes from one show to another. They will capture, each from their own vantage point, the moments and happenings that you won't find on Getty. Which, well, brings us to that... Photos: Runway: We'll be uploading the shows just as soon as the images as released to us. Without getting into the particulars, just know that a lot of catwalk images are going to be moving through this site. If you've forgotten to refresh the page, or stopped to eat lunch (it's all about sustenance), check our photo page and you'll see a thumbnail for every show that's come through the front door. After that...London. But let's start with this behemoth, shall we? Bookmark us and stay tuned, it's going to be one crazy week.
To celebrate the kick off of New York Fashion Week we've produced five teaser videos for the Spring 09 season. Last week, amid the inevitable chaos of designers and their pr offices, we snuck in and said hello to some of our favorite New York designers. That is Jerry Tam of Form, Ashleigh Verrier, Steinunn Sigurd of Steinunn, Chris Han, and Brandy Lunsford of Harlan Bel. In the teasers you'll discover a glimpse of the inspiration behind their collections and what each designer does to prepare for Fashion Week. When the time comes, we'll be posting their respective Spring 09 fashion shows (or presentations) and a little backstage action to boot.
Romanticizing an urban past of dissident teenagers, reclusive geniuses, and musical anarchy is a popular past time for derivative designers. Too often the fruits of their less than creative labour is nothing but a weak diffusion of some by gone era that is in all likelihood not nearly was spellbinding as history as recreated it. Patrik Rzepski is not on of these designers. He is somehow able to draw on the best parts of old East Village culture, youthful frustration, rebellion, and even violence and transform it into a new vision of powerful dressing without ever once dooming himself to pointless historicist rehashing.
While his Fall 2008 collection was somehow rough around the edges, Patrik's Spring 2009 collection hits all the right notes for us. It maturely and coherently presented an edited vision of urban dressing for a kind of warm cosmopolitan spring that says we do not leave for our vacation homes, nay, we live for all times in the life of the city. The rich tough urbanism we saw felt youthful even while many of the pieces were clearly meant for a kind of woman that never ages past her hippest years even as she touches 90.
The palette of blacks, beieges and whites is an ideal subdued color story for city living, particular one that touches on clothing as a valuable totem of mainstream rejection. His use of hinting meshes, suggestive see-through jersies, and other sheers made some of his darker pallete more seasonally appropriate. Buyers too can find much to love in his separates, particularly the jackets thrown daringly over his barely there dresses.
We loved the inclusion of his zippered tights in creams and nudes. There is something so daring about covering up in the warmer months, especially when its tinged with just a hint of naughty sexy zippered rebellion. Please click here to enjoy a slideshow of his collection.
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