Trasteverine Spring 2009 Look Book. Photos by Nadav Benjamin.
While we usually try to keep our focus on one season, we're kind of loving the whole Don The Verb package right now. From the Fall 08 look book shot YSL-style, to the delivery (and popularity) of the collection a la OAK, to their side business of selling amazing designer vintage pieces, to the new, light-as-air Lower East Side-inspired Spring 2009 collection--we think the entire Don The Verb enterprise is touching on something New York chictsers will respond positively to...and if we're right, queue stylists pushing the clothing into magazine editorials, street style credits like mad, and, finally, an Urban Outfitters or Target collaboration that will take Don The Verb beoynd, well, New York.
Earlier this week, at the OAK Showroom, we checked out the Spring 09 collection by jewelry designer Chris Habana. We interviewed Habana before the debut of his Fall 08 collection and liked it so much, we created a photo shoot around our favorite pieces. This Spring 09 Habana brings the same pop-culture cognizant aesthetic to his collection with pieces inspired by Saved By The Bell-era fashion and late eighties/early nineties surf culture. Habana's pieces are unisex and always balance colorful retro-influences with tough, gothic sensibilities.
Matthew Costa started his sunglass line, Costalots, by popping the lenses out of a pair of titmus frames and the rest, as they say, is history. We saw some of the Spring 09 Costalot shades when we stopped into the OAK Showroom and couldn't resist the light-colored frames and under-200 price point. Ladies, don't be dissuaded by the tag 'menswear'--these shades are small enough for gals and guys. You can buy them right here.
Ideeen's Spring 2009 collection was based on a dream, with each delivery marking a different stage in the experience. The collection starts out with powdery nudes and soft, feminine layering. Next, elements of darkness follow the cloud-like beginning and bring the collection into a stage where draping, color, and print are experimented with. The New York-based Japanese design duo behind this brand, Junko Hirata and Atsuko Yanase, met when they were working for designer Catherine Malandrino. With just a few seasons under their belt, Ideeen has received critical acclaim from both buyers and press. To see the Spring 09 look book, click here. To see our video of the Spring 09 Ideeen collection as part of Gen Art's runway show, click here. Check out our gallery below for pictures of the collection In The Showroom.
We first learned about the contemporary brand, Complex Geometries, last Spring when their cotton hooded t-shirts and dresses started flying off the OAK shelves. Thinking this particular garment was the most brilliant of packable, easy to wear, things we wondered what else the brand had to back up their name. This Spring 09 season shows that they have, in fact, quite a lot. This brand is the young, sexy version of any department store company that attempts to sell women six garments for all of their travel needs. A young chicster, that is, might take simply a pair of jeans, moccasins, peep-toe ankle boots, and three of four Complex Geometries garments and be set for, let's see, an entire fashion week. To see the Spring 2009 look book, click here.