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Wow, the Gottex show was absolutely fabulous! Such a variety of designs and colors in every line, many breathtakingly gorgeous. The crowd was literally in awe–cheering and whistling througout the show. The designer, Gideon Oberson, started things off to a hot beat–basic and sleek with geometric designs in classic black with a touch of mod yellow trim and visa versa. Suddenly, the music changed to a soft springtime melody and out came the adorable spring fever collection in light lime green and purple flowers. This line kicked off the burst of dazzling color flaunted throughout the rest of the show. But the grand finale topped it all–two African-American models looking stunning in elegant white tube-top bikinis in the shape of a flowering blossom, above. Go to the jump to see more shots from the show.
Following the consumer success of Kate Moss’ line for TopShop, the model that entered the stratosphere will design a second collection for the high street shop. Available September 7, 2007, in three hundred stores across the UK and online, this new collection is said to be more professional and braver than her previous one. Moss dares to break away from re-designing her own wardrobe, creating truly unique pieces this time around. The clothing takes inspiration from a range of sources including 1920s flappers, grunge, and Ali McGraw in Love Story. The pieces range in price from £12 to £150.
Pierre Hardy, a leading footwear designer who once designed for Christion Dior, Hermes and Balenciaga will be launching a men’s and women’s collection for Gap debuting in spring ’08. A smaller collection will be available first at Gap locations throughout Europe and England before a full collection hits US streets later in the year. In 1999, Hardy launched his own collection and can since be found available on retail shelves in over 20 different countries. Based on his most recent collection, it looks like Gap footwear just might be getting a bit more progressive.
Last night, Chris Han’s spring designs were full of light, silky, sheer fabrics, but in a bit of a drap color assortment–gray, white, and black. I liked the styles–very flowy and breezy, with a lot of off-the-shoulder shirts and dresses. And the models’ hair was styled to coordinate with the fashions–low bun to the side with long strands of wisps left flowing behind them as they strutted down the runway. The effect went perfectly with the ensembles. But I just couldn’t get over the colors–they didn’t stray away from the grays and blacks of fall and winter, which I feel like we definitely need a break from come spring!
Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled its expanded designer shoe department this August, inviting shoe enthusiasts to browse with ease on a floor that reportedly has its own zip code. The flagship store in New York City is dazzling shoppers with attractive displays—over 100,000 designer pairs in inventory—along with luxe amenities such as private shopping appointments, rotating pedestals, and plenty of space to try on a few (dozen) pairs at your leisure. It’s a trip to shoe heaven for any well-heeled enthusiast, and you’ll find more than just the average collections at this ritzy emporium. Accessories and refreshments await on the eighth floor—from Dior to Christian Louboutin—it’s too soon to tell if you might need a traveler’s map to find your way around.
The trench coat is the perfect item to take you from summer into fall. It’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t overheat, offers protection from scattered rain showers, and the new patent leather designs also double as a sleek dress or even perfect-weather coats for night. The two beautiful ones from Elie Tahari and Aquascutum (above) are a bit pricey, so try this belted slicker, third from the left, from Calvin Klein (on sale for US$196).
The Katie Stern Venexiana show started out with a parade of very similar looking nautical pieces that looked a little too 40s inspired to really be considered “inspired.” Some almost looked like costumes from a period drama. But the looks got better and better as the show went on. Next up were some pretty florals with metallic accented fabric. Then, the best part of the show–the evening pieces. It would be lovely to see some Venexiana on the red carpet this year, and they definitely have the dresses for it.
Spring continues to be about a defined waist amidst a floaty, ethereal fabric at BCBG Max Azria as you can see in the video above. But, the shapes are much less boho and sloppy, and more ladylike with pleats and pintucking details at waists and sleeves. And anyone who told you the dress was over flat out lied And the pockets in those dresses? No longer hidden surprises, they are very deliberate and exaggerated. If this will look attractive on anyone but a model is yet to be seen. The colors were a bit drab, but it did make those pieces with a bit more saturated hue – some purples, blue, and metallic – pop.
Catching only a glimpse at the fashions, as I was invited backstage by Redken, I was blown away by the naturally beautiful and very talented Abaete fashion designer, Laura Poretzky, and her elegant Jackie-O-esque couture. Indicative of Laura’s own lady-like-with-an-edge aura, the designs were very feminine and form-fitting, including curve-hugging halters and dresses, some accented with an oversized flower. Her major color scheme for spring was turquoise and white, as well as lots of navy and black trim and thin black-and-white stripes. As a huge fan of Jackie-O and retro-chic style, I absolutely adore this collection.
On fall runways from Marc Jacobs to Proenza Schouler, long gone were the little-girl looks and grungy street wear of past seasons, instead, this fall, women are women. Or really, women are women from the 1920s to 1940s–in hats and gloves, with defined waists. There was Gatsby-esque cloche hats at Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs, and bucket styles at MaxAzria and Abaeté. Gloves ranged in length from wrist to elbow, some even fingerless, in a variety of colors…
“She’s angry, but funny-angry,” said Paulo Melim Andersson of the girl he imagined while designing his first collection for Chloé. “A girl who steals from her mother. I want this to be young-young, with no tricks. Clean, but not minimal.” Melim Andersson, formerly of Marni, brought the label in a daring new direction with his fall line. Gone were the feminine, floating dresses from Phoebe Philo’s time at Chloé. Now girls in combat boots dressed in black with pops of orange and patent leather stomped down the runway. The new Chloé is tougher, darker, more downtown New York. The dress above appeared on several trend-watch lists, making exposed zippers a coveted item for fall. Now the industry waits to see what Melim Andersson does next with the popular label.
Fashionistas frightened by the return to more structured fashions for fall can breathe a sigh of relief come spring. And that breath will be easier to take since their diaphragm will once more be released from high-waisted pants and slim, constricting pencil skirts. Spring continued to be a season of voluminous, flowy tunics-cum-dresses, but in a really fresh, modern silhouette at the Form fashion show at The Yard and Gallery at the Soho Grand. While the shapes were innovative, the fabrics and textures were a bit one-note and it would have been nice to see a bit more variety. The ethereal silvery-ivory-white might have been even more powerful if contrasted with some other colors, but it at least shows daring and a cohesive vision from designer Jerry Tam.
All that shimmers isn’t shiny, but all the runway reviews, behind-the-scenes coverage, and party pictures you’ll find on ShinyStyle is! ShinyStyle is hitting New York Fashion Week for the Spring/Summer 2008 collections, and Bryant Park has never been blogged so well. From big-name designers showing in the tents to rising talents showing off the beaten path, you’ll be in on everything. Want to be part of the designer discourse? Leave those comments! And keep checking back … there may be a gift bag full of fashion week goodies in it for you.
Everyone from WWD to Forbes is anticipating the announcement of Valentino’s resignation later today. Obviously orchestrated to coincide with his 45th anniversary celebration in July and tomorrow’s kickoff of New York Fashion Week, the news comes as confirmation of established rumor to most in the industry. His next two collections — his upcoming Paris Ready-to-Wear collection and the later couture collection — will be his last, and are sure to be grand extravaganzas. With hardcore fans both within the rarefied world of couture and the elite red carpet, those with the pocketbook will be thanking their lucky stars for vintage — which is sure to become even more pricey and hard to come by!