Thursday, February 19, 2009
Leah Lezark and Joy Bryant front row at 3.1 Phillip Lim
MK & Nicole Richie front row at Proenza Schouler
Barbara Walters at Oscar de la Renta
Claire Danes at Narciso Rodriguez
Poppy Delevingne front row at Anna Sui
Taylor Momsen front row at Anna Sui
Kate Bosworth at Diesel
Lindsay Lohan front row at Charlotte Ronson
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Mulleavy sisters used a collage of stones, wood, and metal to build their fantastical collection inspired by architectural artist Gordon Matta-Clark. Except of course that the materials were actually opulent fabrics. The creatures that stomped down the runway could have been volcano goddesses erupting from the Earth or mermaids emerging from the sea. While last season the girls were extraterrestrial this time the look was clearly earthly and organic.
Many of the mini dresses resembled straight-jackets made of marble and yet there was a movement and softness to the garments that could have come across as severe. The look was relentless but captivating and although there will be some Balanciaga and Balmain comparisons and complaints of their lack of commercial appeal I found a lot to love in their thigh high leather boots, wearable chunky knits, and the brooding colors. In my opinion the point of Rodarte has never been commercial success it's been their power to evoke strong emotion. If others are designers than the Mulleavy sisters are artists.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I'm excited to let you all know that I have a small piece published in the current issue of Lola Magazine! Perfumes For Every Mood that hopefully you'll love!
Lola is available all over the city and in most of the suburbs! Plus, it's free! Go to
Lola Boston to find the closest location where you can grab one!
Check out some scans of my piece, Message in a Bottle!
Monday, February 16, 2009
For a man who no longer lives in Manhattan Marc Jacobs wrote a love note to the New York of the Eighties with his eponymous fall 09 collection.
We've been seeing it all week but now that Marc is in on it we know for sure: the eighties are back. I've yet to decide if this is a bad or good thing but for Marc Jacobs it was close to bliss.
Looking away from the outrageous and things that are appealing only on an runway there was a lot here to love. Metallic leather dresses? Yes, please! Cashmere gloves that are so long they need to be slightly scrunched to be shoulder length? I dream of those gloves.
His brightly colored, multi-styled wool coats, hoods, jackets and capes are timeless and sure to be big sellers next fall. Some of the biggest hair, helmet hair you've ever seen might be super tacky but the clothes and colors were fun. Outrageous might not sell in dark times but things that make you smile certainly do. An electric yellow velvet cocktail dress isn't practical or timeless but it is happily innocent of the ills of the world for at least one evening. And I think right now we all need some kind of antidote to reality.
Did I love everything about this collection? No. I would do almost anything for Marc Jacobs but shoulder pads? Sorry, MJ. But your striking colors and luxe fabrics are so beautiful and luscious that they more than make up for the blatant eighties references.
But it's been the most inspiring one of the season so far. Beautiful, well constructed, quirky, and thoughtful with plenty of pieces to sell out of the stores.
If Jacobs isn't feeling pressure about economics he is trying to keep his ladies happy: the show actually started two minutes early.
Has Vena Cava gone punk? Not exactly. Still the always edgy but pretty line took a darker route this season with exposed zippers, asymmetrically pleated coats, metallic fringe and stone wash printed leggings. Although designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock cited the geology exhibits at the Natural History Museum as their inspiration (they even titled the collection, Crystalarium) I saw a lot in the collection that claimed the eighties as its muse.
Whatever they were thinking the more ambitious outing worked well thanks to their ability to take classic silhouettes and embellish them with extraordinary detailing. My favorite piece was the sheer almond scarf perfect for draping over an evening ensemble on an Indian summer night.