>> Karolina Kurkova to Walk the Runway Pregnant? —We got the run-around on whether or not Jourdan Dunn will walk pregnant — she said no, and her London showcard lists her available for "special bookings," the category typically reserved by her agency Storm for Daphne Guinness or Eva Herzigova; but now pregnant Karolina Kurkova hinted today that she may be walking in a show. She also said that postpartum, she plans to return to the catwalk: "But this is my first baby, so I'm going to see how it goes. I want to spend time with him." [The Cut Twitter, WWD]
Posts for September 12th 2009
>> Ohne Titel's Alexa Adams and Flora Gill told Fashionista backstage that their Spring 2010 collection was their strongest yet, and they weren't kidding. Inspired by "the graphic lines, lush textures, and bold colors in Egyptian reliefs and sculptures," according to their show notes, Adams and Gill adapted their signature tailoring and body-con sensibilities to span an oxymoronic look of primitive modernity. They elaborated to The Cut: "We looked at a lot of wall painting and sculptures, and so we’re kind of playing with taking those same kind of proportions and applying them on the body."
Lace-up heels, flats, and thigh-high boots done in collaboration with Cesare Paciotti are sure to have the shoehounds drooling, and the prevalent texture in the collection — including patches of multicolored hand embroidery — was exquisite. Alastair McKimm, who worked with Alexander Wang the last two seasons, styled, and both Cathy Horyn and Visionaire's Cecilia Dean appeared front row.
>> The Sartorialist No Longer Fashion Week Blogging for Style.com? —Style.com rolled out a Twitter aggregator of fashion notables, "The Fashion Feed," to amp up it's Fashion Week coverage, but one of its other usual Fashion Week staples seems to have fallen by the wayside. Scott "The Sartorialist" Schuman, who contributed to a special Fashion Week version of his blog on Style.com for the past six seasons up until last March, doesn't seem to be updating this time around, even though he's been out and about shooting at shows.
Alexander Wang presented his spring 2010 collection to a packed house. Among them, models (Erin Wasson and Liya Kebede), photographers (Terry Richardson and Inez and Vinoodh), actresses (Rachel McAdams looking very friendly with Anna Wintour), fellow designers (Diane von Furstenberg) and fashion industry elite (Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Katie Grand and Jen Brill).
Back in June, the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner cited his work with the Gap as an influence on his all-american resort collection. For spring he took the thought one step further designing sportswear as interpretations of locker room gear — think football player shoulders on a cropped gray sweatshirt, high-waisted leather lace-up shorts, red and white rugby-striped sweaters, gray athletic bras and Jockey-inspired men's underwear, a shiny black boxing robe, and a letter "A" crested varsity jacket — each worn with cut-out knee-high socks and peep toe booties in leopard or black.
Frankie Rayder and Angela Lindvall were among the models who walked in Wang's show, wearing their hair in loose messy braids over one shoulder like young soccer players fresh from the scrimmage field.
Victoria Bartlett showed her spring 2010 collection for VPL at Pier 59 studios today. Titled "Atlas of Anatomy", Bartlett presented a series of deconstructed and reconstructed looks in shades of navy, black, cream, orange and beige with a little help from her accessory designing friends — Aran Baik knits, Lizzie Fortunato and Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer jewelry, and LD Tuttle footwear.
Always interested in manipulating shapes to create a complex silhouette, Bartlett shined in transparent leggings, an alabaster tunic with twisted cord knots, and the 16-look finale section of sheer nudes paired with shoulder pads or layered over sequined undergarments.
Also of note, a navy parachute fabric used for bloomers and jumpers, a coral shift dress with matching leggings, and the organically shaped Lizzie Fortunato for VPL necklaces in bone, rope, wood, and resin.
Bartlett used accessories to further her anatomical statement, and the aforementioned knits played a major role in pushing the theme. There were 'vertebrae knits' and 'sternum knits' — beautiful bits of yarn twisted together over the shoulder or neck, referencing the obvious skeletal structure.
>> Official day three of New York Fashion Week is over, and still no sign on the runway of usual heavyweights Raquel Zimmermann, Anja Rubik, and Lara Stone — even at shows where they're most likely to be in, like Rag & Bone or Alexander Wang. It seems that Raquel may not be walking in New York — her agency DNA didn't publish a showcard for her, but she's definitely in town — she was all over the place Sept. 10 for Fashion's Night Out.
Lara and Anja, meanwhile, both attended Fashion's Night Out at Burberry in London, not New York. They do, however, each have a showcard for New York, so maybe they're being saved for later on in the week? If they're coming back stateside, that is . . .