Images Courtesy of Fashion Week by Berns. Property of Berns Salonger/Photos by Kristian Loveborg.
We're off to a press preview at Pas de Deux--the women's boutique recently opened by Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai of men's fashion destinations Odin and Den. Tomorrow we'll bring you as many photo galleries as one preview can conjure but, while you wait, check out our previous Spring 2009 preview coverage entitled, "In The Showroom".
We see two marked advantages to this coverage and every collection has either one or the other going for it. For designers like Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, and Aurelio Costarella there comes a chance to see photos of clothing hot off the runway and hear our take on how the collection measures up in person. On the other hand, if the designer didn't show this season, our coverage let's you see Spring 09 from a point of view not yet smattered all over the internet. Our favorites in this category have been Bess, Mary Meyer, and Rodebjer.
Whichever category a collection falls into, we think it's a pretty neat opportunity.
Now you, off to the showroom!
This season Rodebjer's smoking jacket-as-dress has us pretty enchanted, and come Spring 09 not much will change. Always balancing the masculine and feminine in design, this Spring 09 Rodebjar offered up boxy blouses, lean silk blazers, cropped play pants, and some smart accessories. We agreed with the showroom representative who told us that if she had the entire collection in her wardrobe, she would be 100% pleased (she was, after all, wearing the aforementioned smoking jacket). Carin Rodebjer studied at FIT and has since relocated to her native country of Sweden where, we imagine, everyone loves her. Thank heavens she started her career here in New York's Lower East Side, otherwise we'd worry that she'd be an unknown designer to us for far too long. To see the Rodebjer Spring 2009 look book, click here. To see our snapshots from the showroom, click the gallery link below.