Paris 03/10/09. Photos by Nathalie Lagneau/Catwalking/Getty Images.
Posts for March 10th 2009
>> Anna Wintour has had a camera crew running around after her all throughout Fashion Month for a video profile on 60 Minutes, but during Milan Fashion Week, she also got some unsolicited camera time.
Italian fashion website Fashion Times approached her at least three separate times throughout the course of the shows, asking permission to interview with the camera already on. Each time, they were denied — despite her recent uptick in smiling for the camera. You'd think they'd have learned from the last time someone tried to interview Anna for YouTube — 2006's infamous debacle at Costello Tagliapietra — and the responses, though cordial on Anna's part, became increasingly less patient, starting with a "Can we do it another time, do you mind?" and by the third try, ending with an "I'm actually just talking to my colleague right now," as she pointed to Hamish Bowles.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Apparently the new Paris Fashion Week calendar of eight full days of shows isn't sitting well with the fashion flock — many are "cranky" and "grumbling loudly," and the Vogue team, except for Hamish Bowles, is departing tomorrow, which means they'll miss Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton on Thursday. [WWD Twitter, The Moment Twitter]
>> Kate Moss caused a paparazzi scrum of a calibur we haven't seen much of this season this morning at Chanel. As she emerged from backstage wearing the label, a frenzy of photographers four-deep surrounded her, which she apparently found hilarity in, embarking on a fit of giggles and wiping tears from her eyes. She waved to Jefferson Hack across the way, gave Beth Ditto an enthusiastic hug, and then settled down between Mario Testino and boyfriend Jamie Hince, right down the way from Claudia Schiffer. The photographers ended up breaking off a section of the black-and-white runway in efforts to get a shot of Kate.
The set wasn't a monstrous tweed jacket or organ set this time — but rather, a simply branded split scenario; and as promised, the collection was dubbed "Belle Brummell," an ode to Beau Brummell, inventor of the modern suit, with plenty of black suiting, removable white cuffs and collars, and splashes of mint and baby pink thrown in. Karl Lagerfeld pushed the limit with a few looks — slits up to here and down to there, plus a few printed leotard-and-legging ensembles — but for sales, he's really depending on that little black dress in hard times, just like Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Christian Lacroix.
Nine out of ten men will agree that a chunky platform sandal is not their favorite fashion statement. In fact we would venture to say that, as a rule, fashion items that elicit the description "chunky" will not fare well with most people. Does that stop women from from spending up to seven hundred dollars on them? Nope. And why is that? We can't say for sure but perhaps it has something to do with the six-inch versions that preceded them. This spring, it looks like comfort is key.
Fall 2009 has shown so much leather, we're not even quite sure how to properly wrap our minds around it. One thing is for sure, your Fall wardrobe should start with a classic, well-fitted pair of leather (or for those who don't wear it--faux leather) trousers. Many of those which we've seen on the Paris catwalks are skinny from top to bottom--as if the more assertive version of last season's PVC legging. In the case of Yves Saint Laurent, however, leather trousers were rendered just like a pair of classic wool trousers--pleated and with a rise that came to the natural waist.
American designer Douglas Reker, launched his namesake line in 2007 after working as a graphic designer and print artist for the likes of Christian Lacroix Jeans, Pencey, and Elizabeth and James. This season Reker's took inspiration from his mother's collection of miniature personal effects--which then translated to detailed cut-outs, whimsical prints, and inventive tailoring. The line retails on the low end of contemporary, putting him in a category of designer who understands how to communicate high fashion trends by way of an accessible price point. Check out the Fall 2009 look book and our snapshots from the showroom below.