Abaete Spring 2009 Runway
Photos by: Scott Gries
We can't help but like Laura Poersky's vision for Abaeté, she manages a kind of upbeat feminine form of dressing without ever feeling cloying. As she told us in our interview beforehand she likes to play with the dichotomies internal to every woman's personality as our own cultural struggles to reconcile what it means to be good or bad, strong or alluring girly or hard. It is this that allows her to transcend her peers in the contemporary bracket.
We suppose that is why instead of being aggravated by her Ting Ting "shut up and let me go" introduction song we wanted to bop right along. It is a kind of cultural marker that is at once accessible to regular women while being just relevant enough to make the ever cranky cognoscenti feel its worth giving it a nod. Gotta keep the downtown kids happy these days, even if they are trendy piss ants.
The collection should make buyers happy, plenty of happy wearable pieces in easy to appreciate colors like pink and blue, styled with colored tights of course to give a nod to the here and now. Her daring one shouldered yellow dress, which we were told to look out for in our interview was a personal favorite. And of course her collaboration with Payless continues to bear fruit. Sure the gladiator is getting a bit played but don't you want a cheap pair in sky blue?
Outside the tents is where all the action is happening and we have videos and interviews from Steinnum, Form, Shipley and Halmos, Alice McCall and Robert Gellar. Our intrepid Megan Zanke was on her feet with a video camera in hand to make sure you have a chance to enjoy all off site action. So if you don't ever see us in our seats know its because we do this week triage style! Keep checking back to our video page for all the action.
We're backstage for United Bamboo at our favorite venue for off site shows, the Altman Building. Designer Thuy Pham gave us a quick interview in which he revealed the inspiration for Spring 09 as being bright, bold, easy and yet still align with the trademark geometrics that Unied Bamboo is known for. The models are doing their walk through in their street clothes (which makes you think you're at an Alexander Wang show--but that's later today) and we just bumped into Eugenie Huang from Deka Ray, who will be accessorizing the models in her, also geometric, designs. Stay tuned...it's going to be a busy day.