The New York-based mother/daughter designers of Contrarian are focused on creating inventive, wearable fashion at a contemporary price point. Their first complete collection for spring 2010 shows influences coming from Japanese fashion design, New York street style, and Edwardian codes of dress. The conflicting references mix together in the form of backless button down shirts, mid-length full skirts, long tail tuxedo jackets, smart waistcoats, and apron dresses. Click below for our favorites looks from the collection.
Posts for December 2009
Liya Kebede rollerblades in couture for Italian Elle.
Carolina Hererra was in Moscow this week, presenting her spring 2010 collection and opening her first store in Russia.
Vivienne Westwood designed wallpaper with Cole & Sons using signature prints which she's used throughout her career, including reinterpretations of her tartan prints and the Union Jack.
Karl Lagerfeld created a princess doll for Paris' high-end toy store, Au Nain Bleu, proceeds of which will benefit the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation.
Photos of Topshop's designer collaborations scheduled for 2010—Jonatha Saunder, Ashish, Richard Nicoll, and Ann-Sofie Back.
Fashion consultant Estefania Lacayo launches private label fur vests made of white coyote, brown raccoon and black fox.
Terry Richardson's editorial for V magazine's "The Size Issue" features plus-sized model Crystal Renn along side a more traditional model-size zero, Jacquelyn Jablonski.
Wearing identical looks—both in sample size outfits, the models are similarly posed to prove a point. Richardson's photo spread takes on the myth that bright, form-fitting fashion can only work on girl with a 24 inch waist and succeeds in making those Proenza Schouler skirts look just as fashionable around Renn's 41 inch hips.
Renn, who has walked for Jean Paul Gaultier and appeared in American Vogue, recently authored a book about her own weight and body image struggles within the modeling industry. The memoir entitled, "Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves," was released this fall.
For more images, click the gallery below. V magazine issue #63 will be available on newstands January 14.
Source: V Magazine/Terry Richardson
>> Perhaps influenced by the buzz around Mark Fast's Spring 2010 plus-size runway models and Glamour's plus-size editorial, V magazine is ringing in the new year and the new decade with a size issue for January 2010: "Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it," as V editor-in-chief Stephen Gan put it.
Models.com has an exclusive series of previews of the magazine — out on newsstands Jan. 14 — the first of which, "One Size Fits All," debuted today, with Jaquelyn Jablonski (left below) and plus-size model Crystal Renn (right below) in the exact same ensembles, with similar poses. Bruce Weber and Karl Lagerfeld are also said to have contributed to the issue, with shoots ranging from fully clothed to nudes.
>> Is Anna Wintour the Original Catalyst for Stylists' Current Fame and Fortune? — Vogue and Style.com contributor Sarah Mower thinks so. Twenty years ago, she says, a stylist's job consisted of “being the handmaiden. Literally on her knees, picking up the pins from the floor. It all changed in the late 1980s, when the names of fashion editors were put on magazine pages. Anna Wintour did it when she first came to edit British Vogue, because she believed they deserved acknowledgement for their work. Then, in the age of the supermodel, the fashion show became a huge great production. You’d sit at a fashion show, and say, ‘Who is the stylist?’, as if that was the key.” [Times UK]
With the news of New York-based Phi shuttering its ready-to-wear business and not delivering spring 2010 to retailers, purchasing the last of fall 2009 (and what is offered of resort 2010) has undoubtedly become increasingly important to die-hard fans like Lauren Santo Domingo, Erin Wasson, and Carine Roitfeld. Net-a-Porter has one of the only online selections of Andreas Melbostad's recent designs for Phi and, as the New York store will close at the end of January, this could be your last chance to purchase the critically acclaimed collection. Also check out overstock and sale items from Phi at The Outnet.
It's was all about Seventies West Coat sportswear for Topshop Unique's spring 2010 collection, shown on the runway in London last September.
Graphic graffiti prints mixed with neoprene cut out swimwear and sand-blasted, destroyed denim, while love-worn crop tops and tee shirts in seashell pink and gray had strategically placed rips and burns. In other words, there were plenty of spring's popular surf culture references.
Later this week you can get a head start on next season's shopping list when part of Topshop Unique's spring lineup —including a khaki studded jacket, Hawaiian print silk shorts, a shark print maxi dress, and wetsuit style dresses—will be available online.
Check out detail shots of the entire collection in the gallery below.
>> 2009's victim count is still rising: Phi, the downtown label founded in 2003 with quite the cult following — Erin Wasson, Carine Roitfeld, Natasha Poly, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Vanessa Traina among the fans — is the latest fallen to the recession.
"It's a really challenging climate right now for luxury goods," said Phi CEO Julia Hansen told WWD. "There is not so much confidence in that market going forward."
The Spring 2010 collection will not be delivered; the pre-Spring 2010 delivery, which arrived in stores this month will be its last. Staffers were informed today of the label's closing, and no word on what critically acclaimed creative director Andreas Melbostad plans to do next.
>> Not Everyone's a Fan of Those Alexander McQueen Armadillo Shoes —The now-iconic Spring 2010 Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes may be worn by the likes of Daphne Guinness in the everyday and Lady Gaga in her "Bad Romance" video, but a select few models wouldn't partake in the balancing act for the runway — perhaps that's why this season's cast seemed so young. According to Abbey Lee Kershaw, who once fainted in a corset at a McQueen show, she, Natasha Poly, and Sasha Pivovarova took one look at the shoes and collectively decided to forgo walking the show. [Frockwriter]
Edita Vilkeviciute, Anja Rubik, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Mirte Maas, and Liu Wen for Alexander Wang's spring 2010.
Antonio Berardi, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson, Burberry Prorsum, and Pringle of Scotland will again show during London Fashion Week in February, having returned to the city in September for the 25th anniversary of LFW.
Taylor Momsen is rumored to be the new face of New Look, having shot a campaign for the high street retailer last week.
Scoop opens "Swing Shop" retail concept in New York, which will change themes and merchandise six times a year.