We just got back from the Mao PR press preview and boy, it was packed with Spring 2009 goodies--we started things off with Travis Taddeo, a Canadian designer who has an aesthetic that mixes nightlife and street wear elements.
We just got back from the Mao PR press preview and boy, it was packed with Spring 2009 goodies--we started things off with Travis Taddeo, a Canadian designer who has an aesthetic that mixes nightlife and street wear elements. So, we saw light pink stovepipe jeans and super soft color blocked jersey pullovers in addition to patent leather ruffle dresses and skin-tight pants. We loved the pieces that felt like they could fit into both categories; the yellow jeans with textured gold patches were our ultimate favorite for this reason. For more Canadians (although Taddeo is of the Montreal set) check out our coverage of Toronto Fashion Week. Snapshots of the Travis Taddeo Spring 09 collection, below.
One of the only breaks we took during fashion week, where we decided to just sit down and watch, was at The BlondsFall 08 fashion show. Most of America will think of Betsey Johnson as the wild and crazy show to watch, but the true fashionistas know that lesser known, downtown labels like The Blonds really know how to pack the punch. The Fall 08 show, held at the Prince George Ballroom, revealed a collection inspired by the movie Legend (Naturally, we included the famous unicorn apology scene below). The theme safely queued up The Blonds penchant for flamboyant, embellished, glamorous costumery and gave this season an extra push towards unicorns, rainbow colored gemstones, and big hair (nothin' wrong with that). The more traditional garments in the collection could easily be worn to an elegant black tie occasion, and the most wild in the collection, at the best clubs in New York City. If your a Blond girl, you'll have a little bit of both thankyouverymuch.
Phillipe and David Blond launched the label just four years ago. Each piece in their collection is handmade and one of a kind. As wild as some of their pieces are, we aren't surprised that the collection gets snatched up quickly. The thing about people who like to wear outrageous garments with extra special details is that they aren't exactly the type to, well, share. Funnily enough, Phillipe Blond started his design career working for Los Angeles based label DDC Lab, known for a utility-based aesthetic that doesn't exactly involve bedazzled corsets (though he was an illustrator, so perhaps that was the, ahem, draw) or club-ready clothing. David Blonde was a windows man for ten years in New York City. Now, the two are wholeheartedly The Blonds and bring that persona from Fashion Week, to the drafting table, to the dance floor, and back.