New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009. All photos by Dimitris Theocharis.
If you are feeling glum from all of the gray we saw on the catwalk, the impending financial doom, our imperiled ecosystem or are just plain out of sorts we have the fifty best prints of Spring 2009 here to cheer you up. From Gucci to Pucci, Miu Miu to Marc Jacobs we cover New York, Milan and Paris' best prints.
Mara Hoffman has been a popular Google search term for Coutorture since New York Fashion Week so we knew we had to get up close and personal with the line at Coterie. Her Spring 2009 collection has all the hallmarks that made the designer such a popular choice for laid back creative women everywhere. Easy to wear loose long dresses in big patterns, lots of nearly nudes, and a few separates here and there made up the collection. But the real value? Her incredible textiles. This is is clothing that feels good.
And sometimes amidst all of the new and different at Coterie one realizes that perpetual favorites stay in that category for a reason. Coutorture favorite Adam Lippes had a serene booth at Pier 94 (complete with delightful sales staff, something we can't say for many designers we visited) where we were able to browse his Spring 2009 collection in more depth handling the textiles, playing with combinations and otherwise seeing the detail work a runway show can never fully showcase. With his keen eye for color the collection beautifully balanced vibrant yellows, pinks, and blues with more subtle pastels to impressive effect. All in all, another impressive effort from this rising star!
Forgive us the awkward turn of phrase but stripes of all stripes were out in force on the catwalk for Spring 2009. Horizontal, vertical, or criss cross the pattern made its way onto dresses, shirts, skirts, and even slacks. Sabysachi, Mara Hoffman, Tommy Hilfiger, Aurelio Costarella, Leifsdotter, Doo Ri, Derek Lam, Iodice, Ports 1961, Carmen Marc Valvo, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc, Tibi, Y3, Catherine Holstein, Alice McCall, Rag and Bone, Michael Angel, and Thakoon all showed a variation on the theme.
As much as we tire of saying it, times are hard what with major investment banks going bankrupt and all, so its really not a surprise that so many designers are feeling a little blue about the future. Either that or all the textile mills had a surplus of the stuff and on down the chain of production it went. Either way deep blue from sky to sea were seen on the runways of Badgley Mischka, Reem Acra, Marc Jacobs, Doo.Ri, Rodarte, Iodice, Ports 1961, Carlos Campos, Y3, Alexander Wang, Catherine Holstein, Vanexiana, Alice McCall, and Michael Angel
The first rays of cool sunlight after a long dark winter is one of our favorite colors, clearly we aren't the only ones as that washed out barely there yellow light found its way into several Spring 2009 collections. Chris Han, Thuy, Mara Hoffman, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Tommy Hilfiger played with diffused yellows on the runway.
The black day dress seems a strange staple for a Spring 2009 runway and yet it kept popping up on runway after runway, as if to say things are a bit dire so maybe a conservative frock will get the attention of concerned buyers? Our gallery showcasing the trend includes Ralph Rucci, Carmen Marc Valvo, Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, Aurelio Costarella, Vera Wang, Chris Han, Anna Sui, Richard Chai, Joanna Mastroianni, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Iodice, Rock and Republic, and Nicole Miller
Its all just a case of history repeating, some is fashion, some is fad, some is good, some is bad and now we are going to stop quoting lyrics at you. Except that for Spring 2009 we feel so Bohemian Like You. If next season is going to be yet another summer of love (because who has the money but do anything but hang in the park?) then Diane Von Furstenberg, Sabyasachi, Mara Hoffman, Chris Han, Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, Ann Sui, Marc Jacobs, Rosa Cha, Catherine Holstein, Rebecca Taylor, and Matthew Williamson all have suitably happy hippy, magpie, flouncey outfits to get you started.
Everything from skirts and pants to day dresses and evening gowns shined lke the top of the Chrysler Building at New York Fashion Week. And given that we have no clue how Lehman Brothers is going to survive the week we too say its a Hard Knock Life, thus the fantasy and aspirations of a newly impovershied America turns to glitz and glamour. Ralph Rucci, Carmen Marc Valvo, Aurelio Costarella, Reem Acra, Naeem Khan, Joanna Mastroianni, Dennis Basso, Derek Lam, Ports 1961, Venexiana, Calvin Klein, and Isaac Mizrahi are all in our gallery.