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.
Earlier this week we had the opportunity to check out Frank Tell's Fall 2009 collection in the showroom. His fantastic knit pieces, Givenchy-like romantic blouses, and custom jewelry were just as fantastic on the rolling rack as they were during his New York Fashion Week presentation. The Spanish designer is stocked at Bloomingdales and Henri Bendel in New York and has been seen frolicking around with the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Pamela Love. Needless to say, Tell is one to watch. Check out his Fall 2009 look book and a few of our snapshots from the showroom below.
M.I.S.S. Crew loved Alexander Wang's sleek, minimalist Fall collection--belted blazers and leggings here we come.
>> No matter what your clothes look like, when you share a studio space with cool fashion types like Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and jewelry designer Pamela Love, you're bound to get some buzz. Luckily for Frank Tell, he has talent enough that the buzz is just the appetizer. In a presentation that kicked off with cocktails in the lobby of the Tribeca Grand Hotel, a sea of people flooded through to check out Tell's new offering; typically, his mainstay is cocktail dresses, but with a mind for saleability he decided to go with 60 percent separates this season. Pamela Love contributed a vest of tiny metal swords, and since Swarovski couldn’t sponsor Tell this season, he recycled last season's sponsor offering, encrusting a sweater with the crystals — an echo that has resounded among many this season: just make it work.
Frank Tell showed his much-hyped Fall 2009 collection this weekend at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Tell's collection had a Givenchy feeling to it--the tough-as-nails shoes, jackets, and trousers were given a romantic touch with ruffled blouses and pale colors. Despite the day having been taken over with Barbie happenings and Valentine's Day soirees, we think Tell's collection won't be forgotten.
>> When Fashion Week comes a-knockin', we all get caught up in the parade of clothes, shoes, and handbags . . . but sometimes we forget to keep an eye on the jewelry, too. It's important to note — especially this season, when the bigger the jewelry, the better — and two fledgling designers have really emerged as ones to watch: Eddie Borgo, 30, and Pamela Love, 26.
They're both well-connected: Eddie dates stylist Keegan Singh, Pamela shares a workspace with Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. Pamela is best known for her clawed cuffs that ended up in the Fall 2008 Gap ads, while Eddie just two weeks ago announced his namesake line. The two were tapped to collaborate on pieces for Marchesa's Spring 2009 collection, and were snapped together last week at 3.1 Phillip Lim, for which Eddie created stained glass stunners. For the record, he also worked with Jen Kao, Staerk, and Frank Tell on their Spring 2009 collections — but what a pair, these two.
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