For her Pre-Fall 2009 collection, Miuccia Prada worked with volume and texture, keeping other elements, like color, under control. Fur was used quite liberally as was black. If her Men's Fall 2009 and Pre-Fall collections have anything to do with it, we think the Prada Ready To Wear Fall 2009 collection will be quite dark indeed. Is this troublesome? When it's Prada, it's hard not to love.
Posts for February 2009
Images Courtesy of Fashion Week by Berns. Property of Berns Salonger/Photos by Kristian Loveborg.
If there ever were a moment to test-run this trend it's now--spring's harem trousers couldn't be lighter and easier to understand. In the fall you have to worry about how to layer them properly and how not lose your ankles to the cold. In the summer, on the other hand, you can just slip a pair over your sandals and go. All we can say is...is it June yet?
WWD looks back on 16 years in the tents at Bryant Park: Red Bull, celebrities, Coutorture and all!
Prabal Gurung, former designer director at Bill Blass, is showing his own self-funded Fall 2009 collection at Fashion Week.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Giorgio Armani is known to be outspoken, and his comments last week in Paris that Rome's Fashion Week "has killed high fashion by showcasing people who didn't merit it" have ruffled a few Italian feathers. The former chairman of Rome's Fashion Week chastised Armani for "discrediting Italian work at a time of economic crisis for fashion" and suggested that Armani instead unveil his collections in Rome to restore big name power to the city's fashions. [Reuters]
>> He filled in as chief designer at Bill Blass for the Spring 2008 season before Peter Som took over, and was set to produce the Fall 2009 Blass collection after Som left until things with the label fell apart. Now former Blass design director Prabal Gurung is striking out on his own with a signature label for Fall 2009, his first show kicking off Fashion Week Feb. 12. And judging by the pre-show coverage — WWD, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Fashion Week Daily — he'll do just fine, even in a recession.
Working out of his makeshift showroom — an on-loan studio apartment that belongs to an editor friend — Gurung, who has been selling made-to-measure to private clients for a few years, is putting the finishing touches on his self-funded, twenty-look collection, which he says is all about "well-made clothes": "At Bill Blass, I learned the way clothes are supposed to be made — there are no shortcuts. Just well-finished clothes. That’s the kind of approach I’m taking — it’s not about being trendy."
It helps that he already has the industry support — "It’s been very emotional, the amount of support I’ve gotten, without asking" — and scoring coveted casting agent James Scully and T Magazine and former British Vogue stylist Tiina Laakkonen to cast and style the show, respectively, won't hurt. Now it's all about bringing that sketch of four of his Fall 2009 looks to life — we'll be watching.