Nineties-style gray flannel suits hit the fall runways of Alexander Wang (think deconstructed three-piece suits baring models' midriffs), Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors (who both presented more classic versions of the tailored suiting), and 3.1 Phillip Lim. With pre-fall collections trickling into stores, it's clear that gray will be the new neutral this fall.
Nude suiting is back for Spring 09 and it doesn't take a fashion genius to figure out why--understated, versatile, and perfect with a summer glow, this look is as chic as it gets. Above, examples from the Stella McCartney, Preen, Ralph Lauren, and Chloe Spring 2009 shows. Our suggestion for investing in this trend? Pick up a few nude underpinnings at a lower price point, like this tank and ribbed t-shirt from american apparel, and invest in a pair of wide-leg nude trousers or a boyfriend blazer from a designer you love. Voila! Nude from head to toe.
Menswear may be one of the most exciting markets in fashion right now and that innovative spirit is helping inspire more and more retailers to create exclusive menswear collections. And while a certain segment of the menswear market has gone crazy for the extremes, savvy stores realize that the renewed interest in menswear means tapping into a large market of fashionable men not quite ready to dive into the fringes of short suits and cropped trousers.
The newest collection to emerge on the menswear scene is Lord and Taylor's Black and Brown 1826. Catering to just that demographic of newly enthusiastic male consumers that want fashionable clothing without the caddish demeanor that comes from the more avant garde in the movement, Black Brown 1826 suits (literally and figuratively) a wide variety of men. It contains many of the most important menswear trends such as natural country style fabrics and textural finishes.
Jane Elfers, President CEO of Lord & Taylor, said of the name: "Black Brown are representative of great men’s colors: street smart country wise. And 1826 is the date in which Lord & Taylor was founded." According to the press materials, Black and Brown is a modern lifestyle collection inspired in classic Americana but with elements for the modern man. Bearing an elegant label, it consists of both collection and classification sportswear as well as dress furnishings, tailored clothing and key item programs for cashmere and merino sweaters.
YSL is on our list for two reasons. First, that we can't deny our love for the traditional YSL aesthetic. It is, above everything else, classic. Fall 08 gave us just what we asked for which was suiting, suiting, suiting, office-appropriate frocks, and the occasional overtly sexual garment. Secondly, because somewhere along the line the whole Fall 08 show became decidedly Brooklyn hipster. First off, Someone Great by LCD Soundsystem was the soundtrack to the show. The song, eponymous about six months earlier in Brooklyn, was almost as shocking to hear in Paris as was seeing the mop haircuts the models were sporting. Now matter how many people now attribute the haircut to YSL, we'd like to say, for the record, that it was already all over the place in Brooklyn and downtown. In fact, it was Mandy Coon, wife of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, whom we first saw sporting the haircut and, in the song's video, so does the main character (one of your editors is also in this video though regrettably sans mop top). The energy of this collection, the way it hit home without remotely departing what we know and love about YSL, made this collection a really special one. Months later, when couturier Yves Saint Laurent passed away, it was solidifed in our minds that this would be a show and collection we would never forget.