Posts for September 8th 2011
>> Four seasons in, Wes Gordon is building up his offering — ramping up from 18 looks to 23 for Spring 2012 — and making sure he's appealing to a "younger girl": "[I] focused this time on irreverence, a mismatch of day and cocktail — the embellished jacket with the pair of skinny jeans, or a lurex pant with a little blazer." He also introduced his first shoes, done in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik — think glitter, green, or yellow and white-striped Mary Jane heels and ankle strap heeled sandals tied with primary-colored ribbons: "They're so simple and clean, I'm obsessed."
As for the look Gordon expects to sell well? "The [short] cadmium red dress really looks good on every girl we put it on." Linda Fargo did, after all, pop backstage before the show. "We're in Bergdorf's this season for the first time," Grodon explained. "It's fun to have a store in New York, because I can go check out the clothes. But then I feel like I have to be dressed up, so I never end up going."
Nicola Formichetti Debuts Pop-Up Concept Store, Tries to Hit New York Fashion Week Shows for First Time
>> Nicola Formichetti's concept store, done in collaboration with Gage/Clemenceau Architects, has transformed a space at 80 Walker Street in New York into a massive mirrored prism. For the next two weeks starting tomorrow — with a special preview tonight on the occasion of Fashion's Night Out — Nicola's will be open from 12 to 7 pm daily.
Currently housed within the shop are: vintage Versace pieces, Haus of Gaga looks, Mugler shoes and clothing, and woven and repurposed Uniqlo garb, as well as "Nicopanda" rings, iPod, and iPhone cases — which are all available for sale. New merchandise will be added and rotated frequently throughout the shop's two-week existence, and Formichetti's muse Rico the Zombie Boy, who was present at the press preview earlier today, is expected to act as store manager.
"I was looking for a medium to present all the different aspects of what I do," Formichetti explained of the impetus behind the store. "But now, it's becoming more than that, because I've been collaborating with the architects, and we've been merging different people['s ideas]. For me, it's always about collaboration; it's not just my vision, it's the vision of all the people that I work with."
While he's in New York, he plans to stop by a show or two — which would mark his first time ever attending New York Fashion Week: "Every time I was here [during Fashion Week in the past], I was working on something, or I was working on other shows, so I've never actually spent time in the New York fashion scene. I was talking to my friend, and he was telling me, 'This is the first time you're in New York for Fashion Week.' It's crazy."
So who does Formichetti plan to see? "I wanted to go see Richard Chai this morning; I didn't go. I'm going to go see Patrik, Patrik Ervell — you know, just friends. Who's interesting this week? Like interesting. I don't really care about socializing and things like that."
A look inside Nicola's in the slideshow.
>> Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs took a little journey to the softer side for Spring 2012. Sure, there were the body-con silhouettes and masterful tailoring we've come to expect from the line, but this time around there was a certain lushness on display as well. Circle skirts flounced beneath sharp-cut blazers, cowl-folds draped liquid-like on sheath dresses, and a delicate eyelet fabric made an appearance on several blouses and skirts. There was color on offer as well, in the form of lemony yellow and candy pink. If all this sounds a bit too girly for Cushnie et Ochs, never fear. The collection had plenty of plunging necklines, geometric piecing, and sexy leather to temper all the sweetness.
>> Rachel Comey's wood-heel clogs and flat-soled oxfords are cult favorites, so at yesterday's presentation we couldn't wait to see what styles the designer had in mind for Spring 2012. We spotted so many covetable styles — ankle strap peep-toes, leather flatforms, wood-heeled loafers, and more. Shiny straw bucket hats and super-dark shades rounded out the rest of the accessories, and Elle Fanning was perched in the front row. Click through to see all the snaps from backstage.