So far this season we've reported on statement furs and fur gauntlets as trends and today we're adding another incarnation to the list: asymmetrical furs. We noticed this trend on a few of the Paris catwalks and were going to just let it be for fear that we'd exhausted the subject, but then Cathy Horyn mentioned in a post this morning that Elbaz employed it as a way to keep the retail cost down, and we thought it did deserve a mention. For all of you anti-fur fashionistas out there, who are tired of this particular subject, check out Stella McCartney's collection which showed in Paris this morning. The vegan designer makes coats so voluminous they surpass even the most statement making fur outerwear.
Posts for March 9th 2009
Young design team, Caroline Hedaya and Donna Baxter, started their line, Caroline Hedaya, after befriending each other at FIT. Their look is feminine and their price point is contemporary so you can bet that everyone from Refinery 29 to Teen Vogue has given them a shoutout and that the brand is stocked at Shopbop, proudly. When we saw their collection in the showroom we were impressed with the quality--the weight of the floral peplum dress, the lightness of their trademark silk pieces--and the sexiness they showed this season. Even though there was plenty of the girlishness (ruffles, tulle lining) the most striking pieces had mesh or lace in the back. Check out our snapshots from the showroom and look book images from the Fall 2009 collection below.
Everyone knows that the atmosphere of a show--its music, lighting, seating arrangements--can greatly influence the impression one has of a collection. This season, perhaps to communicate a recession-defensive, no one-can-mess-with-us message, runways were transformed into streets. At Nina Ricci, a show that was fueled with energy thanks to a soon departing Oliver Theyskens, the catwalk appeared cold, hard, slick--let's just say it was not a warm, fuzzy statement on the part of Theyskens. At Lanvin--the show that made for the best photographs if nothing else--the catwalk was doused in water so that it appeared as though models were freed from protective awnings and were finally able to make their way home. Although the clothing is still astronomically priced in both cases, the catwalk-turned-street sent a message of DIY independence.
Tom Binns revealed his Fall 2009 collection and in it, are one-off sea glass necklaces which Michelle Obama loves.
The Stephen Jones exhibit is still going strong and if you're not in London you can check out the pictures.
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, keeps a close watch on his brands and the quality versus quantity ratio.
In case Fall 2009 has you thinking too far in advance, Spring's biggest trends are reiterated.