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Posts for September 12th 2009
>> Erin Wasson, who dropped by Charlotte Ronson just hours before her own RVCA show, brought the party to the Tents with a little live performance by Gang Gang Dance while a movie shot in the California desert played above them on a big screen, reflecting the show's inspiration. Behati Prinsloo and boyfriend Jamie Strachan were front row, as were Bruce Willis and his wife Emma Heming; the runway for Erin's first catwalk show got underway fashionably late — almost an hour after the scheduled time.
She told the Huffington Post of her move from presentation to the biggest Tent: "I was given a wonderful opportunity to be here. I did have doubts though. Was it too much too soon? Who am I to think that I belong here? It was very humbling. It was a very hard decision to make but when life hands me an opportunity I'm always up for the challenge. Go big, and go home!" As for her appearance as a party girl in Sofia Coppola's upcoming movie Somewhere: "[It's] half a second. If you blink you're going to miss me. I have no speaking lines."
>> Designer Updates: No Spring 2010 Generra Womenswear for Swaim Hutson, Libertine Splits —Recently-named Generra creative director Swaim Hutson only worked on the brand's menswear for Spring 2010 (left); his womenswear comes next February for Fall 2010. And Libertine co-founders Johnson Hartig and Cindy Greene have split after returning to New York Fashion Week last season; Hartig plans to continue the label: “I’ll just be doing the vintage pieces that we started with eight years ago, not the newer productions we have been doing for the past three years.” [Style.com Twitter, WWD]
Juan Carlos Obando loves a well-themed fashion show, and for his spring 2010 collection it seems the California-bsed designer was inspired by all things American West.
Models traversed studio four at Milk to the music from "The Magnificent Seven," looking like each had taken a roll down a dusty hillside before making her exit. True to form, Obando showed multiple variations of his theme — in this case smudged peplum jackets paired with slit-to-there skirts, waxed trousers, and a stunning knee length coat in rich eggplant.
Obando's new frontier continued in a second section of beautifully pleated dresses with ombre color palettes in terra cotta earth tones and vibrant midnight and turquoise blues.
He's given his girl more freedom this spring, as the collection is less ladylike more versatile than in season's past. Although the dirt stains won't appear on the clothing in stores this spring (it was only makeup), we quite liked the look of Manolo Blahnik's muddy pink suede stiletto.
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>> In January, Jason Wu went from buzzy among the fashion community to internationally known, thanks to one Michelle Obama, and his Spring 2010 reflects the sudden change in pace: he's trying to go a little sexier, and little more modern to have an all-around broader ready-to-wear reach. He added knitwear, outwear, and daywear, launched four styles of sunglasses, and hopes someday soon to get into handbags and accessories.
Ymre Stiekema made her New York Fashion Week debut at the show, and Yulia Kharlaponova slipped and fell on recently-Windexed mirrored runway, but that wasn't the only slip-up in the collection, according to Cathy Horyn, who wrote in her review:
"Have you ever become completely irritated by a box of chocolate? You know the kind: concept chocolate, artfully arranged in a just-so box, flavors exotic and trying. I’m afraid that was my overall reaction to Jason Wu’s collection on Friday at the St. Regis Hotel . . . He should try a little less hard is the answer. Not everything in life is a spotless decorator interior or a magazine spread. He should loosen up a bit. And why the uniformly short hemlines, six inches above the knee? That in itself is the sign of a fairly conformist outlook."
>> Annie Leibovitz Gains Back Photo Rights With Loan Renegotiation —Annie Leibovitz, who was in danger of losing the rights to every photo she had ever taken, plus four of her homes, has reached a deal with her creditors Art Capital Group. Leibovitz was able to buy back her photo rights, Art Capital is dropping its breach of contract lawsuit, and she's avoided the predicted bankruptcy filing. The conditions of Art Capital's $24 million loan to Leibovitz were renegotiated and its maturity date, originally Sept. 8, extended. [WWD]