American denim brand, Les Halles, offered slouchy boyfriend jeans and worn-in flannels this Fall 2009. We checked out the range in the showroom recently and were pleasantly surprised to learn that the brand's price point is still hovering right around $120. First launched in the 1970's by a husband and wife team, and then relaunched last season with the help of their daughter, Les Halles is good for easy, weekend denim. Check out the Fall 2009 range in the gallery below.
Yesterday we had a chance to check out the Nine West Fall 2009 range, which includes every footwear trend you can imagine. From zipper sandals to studded booties to over-the-knee platforms all the bases are covered. Included in the presentation were Nine West's newest collaboration shoes for New Balance and a few ready-to-wear looks that were also runway-referencing. Check out our snapshots in the gallery below.
Last week we brought you news on LOFT's Fall 2009 collection and today, the Fall 2009 Ann Taylor range. Like LOFT, Ann Taylor's mix and matchable looks and bold accessories are meant to give customers fashion mileage. To that end there is "the pefect trench" and "the perfect boyfriend blazer" alongside "covetables", which include leopard print ballerina flats and faux snakeskin pumps. Check out some of the Fall 2009 looks in the gallery below.
Last night we had the chance to check out the new LOFT collection from Ann Taylor. Part of the "misses" revival effort, their aim is to give women affordable clothing options that still live up to high fashion standards. LOFT, the younger and more casual branch of Ann Taylor, wants shoppers "to get a month's worth of wardrobe options with a minimal investment" and so started with "one perfect pair of jeans" and went on from there. Our favorite pieces in the Fall 2009 collection were the suede bomber ($129) and the mid calf boot ($149). Check out our images from the preview along with runway stills in the gallery below.
At the Centre For Fashion Enterprise pop-up showroom we caught up with American born designer Natascha Stolle. This season Stolle continued her exploration of adolescence, which is a signature theme in her work, by positioning body-con silhouettes on top of over-sized jersey dresses. She also once again mastered the art of making jersey look office-appropriate, with a series of extra-large turtlenecks that appeared at once comforting and fashion-forward. Check out our snapshots from the showroom along with a few runway examples in the gallery below.
Aminaka Wilmont's sculptural leather jackets and 2007 Fashion Fringe Award are what put the brand on the map, and now they're full steam ahead. This Fall 2009 Maki Aminaka Lofvander and Marcus Wilmont worked with "the perception of time" as inspiration, leading them to use colorful graphic prints, transparent fabrics and extra-long beaded accessories. Of course their signature leather pieces were also present and came in the form of strong-shouldered jackets, vests and thigh-high leggings. Check out images from the collection in the gallery below.
We've been following the sisters behind Lialia since we caught them at the Gen Art Fresh Faces show last season. This time around the duo, who hail from Oscar de la Renta and Phi, showed a collection a little more brooding and gothic than last. They've still got that old movie star thing going for them, however, and hopefully the combination will prove popular with buyers. Check out Lialia's Fall 2009 look book, and our snapshots from the showroom, in the gallery below.
Last week we checked out Thread Social's Fall 2009 offering and it was full of work and evening-appropriate pieces. Carried by Shopbop and Net-a-Porter, this contemporary clothing brand was created to compliment the bridal line, Thread. Launched in 2006 by Beth Blake (formerly of Chanel and American Vogue) and Melissa Akey (of Barneys and Stila cosmetics) the Thread Social aesthetic pivots on "perfect party dresses and quirky separates". Check out our snapshots from the showroom along with a few key looks from the Fall 2009 collection.
We checked out Wundervoll's Fall 2009 lingerie range in the showroom last week and loved the retro sportswear styles. The 100% silk jersey fabrics were unbelievably soft to the touch and details, like extra-small buttons and contrast piping, gave the collection a more individual feel. The line is only stocked in a handful of stores around the world, including Journelle in New York, so check out their website for more.
Last week, we checked out New York designer Catherine Holstein's Fall 2009 collection in the showroom. Holstein lowered her price point this season meaning that there were less ornate details and more bang-for-buck pieces. Most exciting to us was an oversized boyfriend jacket which will retail for around $300. Only time will tell if Holstein will stick with this plan, her Spring 09 offering was one of our favorites from the season but perhaps it makes more sense to sell at that heavenly Topshop price point. Check out our snapshots from the showroom and her Fashion Week presentation in the gallery below.