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Posts for February 14th 2010
The crowd at Thursday's Rachel Comey presentation has been commented upon nearly as much as the show itself — with the Cobrasnake and Julia Frakes installed in the front row, you get the idea. The NY band Hex Message provided music for the models' procession, continuing the season's live performance trend.
The collection was Fall, but you'd be forgiven for mistaking a few of her pieces for Spring wear. Comey told Style.com she wanted a lighter feel, and she certainly succeeded at that. She brought out sleeveless dresses, some with sheer leggings underneath, as well as flowers galore on pants, shirts, and skirts. And just when we thought fringe might be on the way out, it popped up multiple times in some of Comey's strongest looks, as did the random tuft of fur.
It woudln't be a Comey show without some focus on the shoes — she sent her own version of the clog out, as well as high-heeled oxfords and other styles suited for Rachel's practical but style conscious girl.
Frank Tell certainly knows his crowd — his leather heavy Fall 2010 presentation had more than a few tough-looking ladies watching admiringly on Friday night at Milk Studios.
Androgyny was the name of the game for Tell's models, to the extent that it was hard to tell whether a few were actually boys or girls. With slicked-back ponytails, he showed pieces in movements of color, starting with black, then white, ash gray, nude and finally a dose of baby blue. His sparing use of brightness was reflected likewise in the makeup, which consisted of little more than a dash of blue eyeshadow.
Tell owes a lot to Rick Owens with their shared affinity for draped and ruched leather — Tell's fabric, this season, also featured a smattering of crocodile embossing. He paired his leather with chunky knits reminiscent of another big label, but the combination of hard and soft had a futuristic "Barbarian Barbarella" bent all Tell's own. He threw in a few random strap and rivet details for good measure, completing each look with a pair of Raphael Young wedges.
A 600-year-old elm tree in Alexander McQueen's garden and a trip to India inspired this fantasy show from fall 2008. With peacock embroideries made with black lace, jeweled square-toe flats, and ballerina tutus mixing with military tailcoats, second skin pantsuits, velvet jackets and Jem Palace jewels, at the time this show was thought to be his best in 14 years.
Released this morning to promote Love magazine's third issue, The Love Thing features not the supers which graced Katie Grand's eight covers but instead Prada-clad Kasia Struss, Lindsay Wixson, Pixie Geldof, Agyness Deyn, and Dree Hemingway. The models play in traffic while wearing leopard coats, sheer trenches, black garters, or nothing at all.
The Alexander Wang fall 2010 collection last night left some editors scratching their heads and chalking any missteps up to the young designer's growing pains.
Indeed Wang ventured out of his comfort zone, striving to put out a more sophisticated and polished lineup this season. He aimed to show some progression by presenting an entirely new look without neglecting the sensibility of his Alexander Wang-loving girls. In that, he succeeded. We're pretty sure his high-profile front row will scoop up the thigh-high leggings, chunky boots, camel capes, and even some of the velvet evening looks from this collection.
Using titans of Wall Street and their three-piece suits as a starting point, Wang deconstructed typical tailoring used in pinstripe and gray flannel classics from the Nineties and created a new power suit silhouette with midriff bearing jackets, tailcoats, Bermuda shorts, bondage straps, and the aforementioned belled skinny leggings pulled down over models' shoes. A black leather duster provided a moment of Matrix-style relief only to be replaced by draped velvet evening looks paired with mid-calf booties.
Misstep or not, Wang will be just fine as he continues to think smartly on the business side of things in addition to the creative. Offering major fashion statements at a contemporary price point and broadcasting his fashion show on a billboard in Times Square coupled with the success of his affordable T by Alexander Wang collection, the designer will undoubtedly keep attracting new groups of die hard devotees.