Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I've been on a shoe hunt lately! When I saw Lucy Lui at the Max Azria show, she was wearing the cutest YSL trooper sandals. That kicked off an urge to own a similar pair myself! I found some options, but nothing feels quite right. Though if any of you come across a pair of wedge booties with tread that's under $250 pllllllllllllease let me know! I swear I stare at the Camilla Skovgaard ones for $540 every day, willing them to be cheaper.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I'm really trying to drill down and spot new trends for Spring 2010, not the same ol' same ol' of sequins, leather, menswear, metallics, blah de blah. It's not a trend if it's in every single season, dammit! And while tribal / safari was big, it's big every spring so I've purposely left it off my list too. Without further a-rant:
This was the first trend I noticed during fashion week, mostly because I highly dislike it! There were some subtle prints, but also a lot of splashy, bold ones that I cannot get behind. Perhaps the look will grow on me, like harem pants did...
I blame Lady Gaga! I don't really see this every translating to reality, but you'd be surprised people are willing to wear to stand out! Lots of leotards and high-waisted granny panties means maybe I should break down and buy some Spanx. Or at least start doing hamstring curls again!
Tie Dye / Watercolor / Rorschach-like Prints
There was a lot of watercolor-inspired prints, most notably tons of tie dye! It would range from subtle and dark (leave it to Elyse Øverland and Vena Cava to have moody tie dye) to acid bright. I was surprised at how non-boho it felt, lots of very fresh takes!
I was really surprised at the number of athletic-inspired collections during fashion week... how many designers do YOU think were on a varsity team? Stereotypes aside, Alexander Wang and Alexandre Herchcovitch both had football inspirations, and Y-3 ended their show with models kicking soccer balls into a net! Lots of sweatshirt material all over, great for DIY-ers out there. Just find an old pair of sweats and cut it up into something new and shiny!
Probably my favorite trend of fashion week was all the layered tops with straps haphazardly going everywhere! It's a very deconstructed, edgy feel and a pretty easy look to create on your own. Time to re-purpose old tank tops!
I feel like these are some of the new trends that came out of fashion week, did I miss anything??
On Friday Victoria’s Secret announced it will open its legendary runway to the public as it holds open casting events to find the next Runway Angel to join Supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Marisa Miller and many others as they walk in THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW, to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Casting events will be held in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago beginning Saturday, Oct. 3. Contestants can also enter online at VSAllAccess.com and CBS.com from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 24. A Victoria’s Secret panel of experts will narrow the field to 10 finalists and will then hand over the selection to the public, who will have the opportunity to cast their vote to choose the winner in an innovative online video and voting process.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Model Search Open Casting Events include:
- New York City, October 3 at Yankee Stadium, 8 – 10 AM
- Miami, October 10 at Gansevoort South Beach, 8 – 10 AM
- Los Angeles, October 17 at W Los Angeles – Westwood, 8 – 10 AM
- Chicago, October 24 at W Chicago – Lakeshore, 8 – 10 AM
Thanks to the lovely Jordana from Clutch 22, me, Alyssa and Kathy went to a Rachel Zoe for QVC launch party! I missed the actual runway show since I was still at the Vivienne Tam show, but I have some pictures and everything looks really cute! Prices range from $33 to $130, definitely an affordable way to update your wardrobe for fall!
More importantly a ton of celebrities turned up for the party, and I got to meet Justin Kirk from "Weeds," definitely a heart-stopping moment for me. Other spottings included Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Isaac Mizrahi, Lance Bass and Chris March from "Project Runway."
Monday, September 28, 2009
MDLR is a new label by Moises de la Renta, Oscar de la Renta's son! It's gotten a lot of buzz since Michelle Obama wore a made-for-her, one-of-a kind dress at least twice in the past few months.
The clothing itself has a classic with a touch of edge feel. Pieces like a LBD, stretch leather pants, a crisp blazer with unexpected lining blend uptown and downtown beautifully and show a voice separate from dad. I really can't wait to see what's next for this rising star!
I don't think I can explain why, but this purse is giving me Lanvin vibes... I really hope it's not just because of the chain strap and ribbon detail because that's a bit of a stretch! Either way, I adore the clasp! Buy at French Connection
Friday, September 25, 2009
Rosa Cha is a Brazilian line that focuses primarily on swimwear. This was the first collection sent down the runway with Alexandre Herchcovitch as Creative Director. Tiny polka-dots and high-waisted bottoms resulted in a decidedly retro resort-style feel. Vivid splashes of yellow, orange, and neon-green added a bright and sunny mood. Wearing these pieces, it would be easy to imagine yourself a glamorous 1950's Hollywood starlet escaping to a private tropical resort.
This bright strappy orange maillot and bright yellow coverup is like a flaming ray of sun. It would definitely make for some interesting tan lines!
I will SO be keeping an eye out these fantastic wedges, made to look like a pair of pumps:
View the Rosa Cha Runway slideshow:
I quite suddenly had an unbearable, burning need for a pair of monotone, wedge booties about two days ago, preferably with a covered heel. I really think they'll be the thing to have this fall besides over the knee boots! I just can't get them out of my head, so here's a few options I've found. I must warn you, 99% are pricey, I think only one pair is less than $100!
Breath Mint Anyone?
Edited by Jordana
There's something about the fall season that brings both calming and chaotic feelings. As we kiss our wild summer nights goodbye, we say hello to late night study sessions and longer days in the office. As New York Fashion Week closes and we're trying to catch up on the latest collections, London Fashion Week kicks off. This week's round up of Links à la Mode from Independent Fashion Bloggers embodies a little bit of everything in an effort to give you a breather in between the deceiving calm that comes with fall. We've got runway reviews ranging from Fashion Pulse's take on Tory Burch to Fasshonaburu's humorous experience at the Snuggie fashion show, and Style Amour rated the top five most disappointing Spring 2010 collections. There are also a few new DIY's worth checking out, especially the Maison Michael bunny ears post from Monoxious. Last but not least, make sure you check out Ashe Mischief's scando-style post on Sarah Von of Yes and Yes on Dramatis Personae.
By the way, if you haven't checked out the IFB Dress Up Soiree & Evolving Influence Panel recap, click here.
- A Typical Atypical: Make me a... 20's flapper girl - vintage outfits for the modern girl
- Aysha's Rabbit Hole: Watch the accessory madness
- Bobbins And Bombshells: Musings on the history and significance of red lipstick
- Broke & Beautiful: Bored with the same old nude pumps? Elle shares some architectural ones to covet, instead
- Clutch 22: DVF ss10 Cleopatra in the 21st Century
- Decline Designs: Looking Forward to Fall at Decline Designs
- Dramatis Personae: Sarah Von of Yes and Yes shares the secrets of Scandinavian Style
- Fashion Hippo: To Trend or Not to Trend? Fall 2009 trends contemplated
- Fashion Pulse: Up close and personal at the Tory Burch Spring 2010 presentation.
- Fasshonaburu: Alyssa goes to and reviews the hilarious Snuggie Fashion Show during NY Fashion Week!
- Friend in Fashion: More milage from your fashion dollar. Tube skirt, 6 different looks
- Glamoursplash: They don't make 'em like this anymore; the beautiful mermaids of Busby Berkleys Footlight Parade
- Idiosyncratic Style: If fall's hottest shoes belonged to a clique
- Independent Fashion Bloggers: The IFB Dress Up Soiree recap... photos and more!
- Monoxious: How to make your own Maison Michel Lace bunny ears!
- Prom Mafia: DC Fashion Week embraces white after Labor Day and shows beauty comes in all colors, shapes, sizes
- Retro Chick: Win a Lulu Guinness Cameo City Tote
- Style Amour: Spring's 2010 biggest Misses - the top 5 most disappointing NYFW shows
- Sweet Fuzz: Win the gorgeous Gemma necklace (worth $155 dollars!) from Twisted and Beautiful, featured on Bravo's NYC Prep
- The Coveted: Buckled and Booted... essential boots for Autumn
- The Fashion Planner: How to make a T-shirt Lei Necklace; plus enter to win one!
- The Sideshow Scrapbook: Review about the "Ones to Watch" catwalk show at LFW
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Cloak and Dagger was first to present at the Gen Art show - eight pictures
Duskin - I really loved the outfit comprised of a copper-colored sequin vest paired with a floaty white top and white eyelet shorts. Very, very adorable and original styling - eight pictures
LINUS - I love clothing with great back details; a lot of times the back is ignored! So imagine my surprise when I see these pieces...one top has a simple twist in the back that resembles a fluttering butterfly, especially because of that soft and sheer fabric. Love it - eight pictures
Min Young Lee - eight Pictures
S2VS - This was the only mens wear collection at Gen Art. I adore the metallic linen jacket with leather sleeves - I would totally wear that if I was a guy...or maybe I'll just buy it for my husband. I also liked the other pieces made with the same metallic linen - short sleeve button up and pants - one picture
Vicente Villarin - I loved many pieces from this collection, especially the first look. Can you imagine wearing that to the office followed by drinks out at happy hour? I'm a big fan of versatility. The other pieces were all evening wear, and all quite beautiful - eight pictures
Yeo Jin Bae - An assortment of styles with pretty fabrics... nine pictures
This was my second time attending the Thuy runway show. Whereas I felt the Fall line would have made for (very) stylish office wear. I think the Spring collection would appeal more to the woman who wants to by stylish AND stand out. Details like exposed zippers running diagonal across the back, asymmetrical draping, shiny metallic fabrics, cutouts that created interesting shapes on the body, and bold vertical piping, gave the garments a subtle futuristic appeal.
The sheer latex trench coat (seen here from the back) was the most interesting of the pieces.
Most coveted by me? That would be this metallic cropped motorcycle jacket:
See the entire collection below:
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Alyssa and I went to this really cool Norma Kamali event at the Apple Store in Soho, where she was actually there, speaking about how technology is changing the fashion industry. She spoke on how people now needed immediate access to fashion information at any price to everyone around the world instantly. She's now in Walmart and has designed a special collection just for eBay! "I see myself rethinking my retail presence," she said. "If I can do all of this anybody can do it! Kamali now is using Apple applications like 'skyping' to give her consumers a 'try before you buy' experience with her staff.
"Last fall I felt the impact of chance happening – less people were coming into the store. Everybody was starting to be frightened. I started to get really nervous." She said. She went on about how she saw her clothing being sold on eBay and pretty much decided to cut out the middle man - pretty savvy! Outside her signature collection, NK for Walmart and the eBay collection were being shown. We were a little late, but luckily they all posed together afterwards. The rain was inconvenient, but the models persevered. You can actually buy these pieces now, which is definitely where I see the industry going. I barely remember the fall shows from six months ago, let alone what pieces I coveted!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I was supposed to go to a fun event for this, but issues with lodging caused me to miss sooo much. It's sad for me to think about, but I can't let that stop me from informing you lovelies on all things fashionable!
Ralph Lauren has a new app where users can create their own Rugby directly from their iPhone™ and iPod™ touch. Consumers can customize with patches and order their own Rugby styles within the app. They can share their look cross platform via Facebook Connect, via email, or within the Rugby Gallery (where you can rate other looks!), which will distribute the look to Rugby.com, the interactive store windows, and within the app.
I love how fashion is really beginning to embrace social media!
I heard about Mew from My It Things and was really interested in checking them out! Established in Jan of this year, the brand is designed by Miki Ikeda and Wakana Koike.
They weren't exactly ready on time so I ended up with a lot of random models getting hair and make up done, which was fun. The collection was based on treasured childhood trinkets and the like. I loved the beautiful prints that were sweet and girly, especially the dots that reminded me of a Monet painting.
Isaac Mizrahi was another show I didn't plan on attending but soooo glad I made it! It was my one and only Anna Wintour sighting, I could have reached out and touched her if I wanted! Kathy Griffin and the awesome style photog Bill Cunningham were there as well. And the show itself was a crazy spectacle of zig zaging models, stairs, a live band, and a rain machine in the middle of the runway!Clothing-wise the collection started with a strong, retro menswear influence. Think Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly (singing in the rain!!!). But as it moved onto eveningwear, it got floatier and floatier, with tulle and chiffon the main fabrics. Balancing out the femininity was a chic black and white color palette. I adored this frothy piece worn by Karlie Kloss:
I was in the front row, but with all the random paths the models took my pictures aren't quite as great as they could be. Kept me on my toes though!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I had the opportunity to interview Frazer Harrison, a professional photographer who's been in photography since he was 18 years old and has been shooting Fashion Week since 2002. He now works with Getty Images and has a really fascinating career because he has access to soooo many runway shows and he also photographs award shows like the Oscars.
K(athy): What kind of photography did you start with? How did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
F(razer): I was on a school trip when I was nine years old where we went to an English stately home. I had my first camera, the kind called a 120, and I entered a photo competition. I won first place, and that's when I realized I was good at something. When I was 18, I had the opportunity to work in the dark room; printing, developing black and white negatives for a local newspaper in England. I kept taking photos while I was working and eventually they got published. I was the first person in the 100 years of the newspaper's history to be trained as a photographer. I did not know it could become a career. Later I moved to America and eventually got a job in LA.
K: How do you like shooting [Mercedes Benz] Fashion Week?
F: Fashion Week is really grueling. Front row photographs are money makers, so many photographers are fighting to get good shots of the celebrities at the front row. Plus all of the photographers are crammed in a small area which makes it a bit difficult to work. I used to do full coverage, which entails shooting backstage, front row, and runway for every single show! On average, I shoot about six shows a day, about 50 shows a season. It's about 150 shows a year including other shows like Miami Fashion Week, etc. My first Fashion Week was September 2002, and I've been at it for eight years. Now I'm mainly shooting the runway.
K: At a show, is it one shot per look or do you take several in case you caught the model blinking or falling?
F: I watch their feet to get the best lines and to make sure the shot is centered.
K: What other photography do you do, aside from Fashion Week?
F: I shot Avril Lavigne's wedding, sometimes I do weddings for friends. I also do the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, most Hollywood premieres, celebrity parties, and paparazzi candids. On my vacations, I take photos with my camera phone or a smaller camera like anyone else.
K: What advice do you have for budding photographers?
F: You gotta enjoy it. When you lose the edge, the quality drops. Don't get disheartened because it's a specialized job. Create a good portfolio. Go out and practice. You can shoot anything - sunsets, surfers, etc.
K: Do you carry a camera with you at all times?
F: I always have one close.
K: Girls know from reading magazines or watching America's Next Top Model that there are ways to pose to make seemingly undesirable body parts larger or smaller, like chest out and hips back. But these poses seem silly to do in everyday pics. What do you recommend?
F: Little things like that do make a difference. You have to practice. Practice smiles and non-smiles. Take a lot of practice photos.
That was all we had time for because he was on his way to shoot Carolina Herrera's show! Thanks for your time, Frazer!
Here are some shots that he took during THIS Fashion Week! Photos courtesy of Frazer Harrison and Getty Images.
I wanted to buy everything from Maria Pinto's spring collection. It was that amazing. Every piece was feminine, elegant, unique and with a vintage vibe. My favorites are the beaded skirt and dress and just about all the ones with fabric flowers of some sort. Must see and must have! Lucky for me, I managed to catch some of the models outside being photographed so I asked them for some detail shots.
The Toni Francesc collection was inspired by water, which was evident in the flowy-ness from all the draping. I was expecting more blue, but the collection started out in neutral shades like olive and ivory, then moved to grey, mauve, navy, and black. The pieces are amazingly wearable and quite pretty. Check out the pieces made from sheer silk...they seemed to float as the models walked. Oh, and I loved the handbags the models were carrying; some seemed like clear droplets of water and some were an assortment of test tubes!
Max Azria was one of those shows I didn't plan on going to but was thrilled that I made! I ended up sitting across from Mickey Rourke of all people, and Lucy Lui was also there - she nudged her friend, pointed at me and said "Look at her glasses" at one point!
The collection had lots of slashed cutouts on otherwise minimal pieces, an "ode to postmodernity." There were also some caged pieces over semisheer knits, touches of glitzy beading and some gauzy draping that there just wasn't enough of!
Reminds me a bit of Rodarte, don't you think?
Doo.Ri was one of my favorite shows this season! I actually sat in the photo pen at the end of the runway to make sure I got fabu pics for all of you, I could not begin to explain how squished I was! Alas, a lot of my pictures are still a little washed out looking, I really need to figure out the best camera settings for fashion week!
The usually girly label got a tough edge this season, and was inspired by metal, specifically by an installation created by artist Annette Messager, My Wish Is Under Netting. This resulted in pretty frocks, blouses, shorts and bubble skirts in a mostly silver color palette, embellished with thin chains or overlaid with tulle netting. All the bags were Be & D for Doo.Ri and the chain detailed pumps were so amazing I thought I had died and gone to fashion heaven!This was my favorite piece - a perfect mix of feminine and tough (I pulled the pic from Style.com so you couldget the maximum impact!):
Here's the whole collection, including a sideways video of the final walk before it cut off.
Tibi was tres light and airy - one of the most "spring-like" collections I saw during NY Fashion Week. This was a very good thing, with beautiful slip dresses in flattering bias cuts, bright floral prints, cutaway back crop tops I died over, and peg leg pants. Tribal was ingeniously re-envisioned in brights & pastels:
And I swooned over a hummingbird print that was also used on the invite:
I had never heard of Willow before, who was new to the tents this season, but it's always fun to check out new designers! Kit Willow started the label in 2003 in Australia and it's known to have a quirky feminine look, something I usually love!
I was not disappointed, I really enjoyed the collection which featured peaked shoulders reminiscent of Balmain, abstract tie-dye prints, and paillettes that appeared to be tiny sea shells on closer inspection! I also died for her booties, aren't they super cute? This is without doubt an up-and-coming designer to watch, though someone needs to tell her PR girls NOT to sit Leanne Marshall of "Project Runway" in the second row!
The Temperley London spring collection had a great inspiration of a 1920's circus. The presentation had a film projected by an old-fashioned zoetrope (the giant tower looking thing) featured real-life contortionists, trapeze artists and other acts modeling the clothes. The clothes themselves were amazing and, even with harlequin and diamond prints, not costume-y at all. I was a big fan of the scroll embroidery which felt both tribal and Victorian at the same time! And there was a lion belt buckle I would love to tame next season (I made a funny!).Don't forget, you can make the slide show fullscreen by clicking the box in the lower right with the four arrows.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This was my second season attending the Toni Maticevski runway show, which has become of my favorites. His collections are like nothing else at New York Fashion Week. Artistic and unconventional, the spring collection was mostly in black and white. There were ethereal evening dresses of silk and chiffon, accentuated with giant, dramatic, burnt tulle flowers or layers of over-sized ruffles. Many of the pieces looked as if black watercolor paints had been spilled or splattered on them. Overall, it made me think of a fairytale ball, if the fairytale had a dark Gothic twist to it.
I love this long, airy, detailed skirt, paired with a simple paint splattered t-shirt.
The detailed texture on these pants blows me away. Want!
View all of Toni Maticevski's Spring line here (pardon the bright light, I was facing a giant spotlight)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The G-Star Raw Runway Runway show turned out to be by far the most exciting, large-scale show I saw at New York Fashion Week, and I was thrilled to be there in person. It was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, an enormous venue that often hosts big-name concerts. It was the first time I attended a Fashion Show that had balcony seating. The balcony, however, turned out to be a great location to capture all the action.
Models appeared 5 at time at the back as if beamed down in a stream of light, and then walked a runway that zig-zagged throughout the venue. Everything was kept moving at a brisk pace, as several models would be walking various parts of the runway at once, so I found it best to concentrate on one area in order to catch all the looks in the collection.
The Spring collection itself was a re-imagining of "vintage Mediterranean ‘high society’ couture." As a result the garments featured a lot of blue, from a dark midnight wash to a bright blue that put me in mind of a deep lagoon. The overall feel of the collection was of old school resort wear mixed with a bit of urban edge that did not take itself too seriously. G-Star had its own interpretation of current trends with harem pant styled denim, and military inspired pieces.
The show a seriously celeb packed event with Juliette Lewis, Lindsay Lohan (and her newly endowed lips), Taylor Momsen, Ryan Kwanten (Jason on True Blood...swoon), Jared Leto, Elettra Wiedemann, Mena Suvari, Alan Cumming, Kara DioGuardi, Christian Siriano, Cat Deeley, Kat von D, Katrina Bowden, Ryan Adams, Corbin Bleu, Frederique van der Wal, Matthew Settle, Damien Fahey, Eric Balfour, Peaches Geldof, Asher Book, Walter Perez, Miss J. Alexander, Byrdie Bell, Yfke Sturm, Lorenzo Martone and Tyson Beckford all in the front row. Whew!
View our slide show of the entire event here: