Posts Tagged: New York Fashion Week 2009


17
Sep 09

Can I rent ya, de la Renta?

 

renta.jpgI loved Oscar de la Renta’s casual wear but when it came to the formal gowns I wasn’t as impressed as I usually am with his work. That being said, you can’t like them all.

The black gothic bridal dress and pink silk ruched gown were a bit too much for my liking. But I will take the nude beaded number featured above. I can only imagine how long that took to make and how many sore fingers there are right now because of it.

Oscar is definitely a man for the details. Every piece shown presented extreme attention to the littlest of things. Hardly a piece walked down the runway without some sort of beading or jewellery worked in. Marvellous, darling, absolutely marvellous.

Just as a sidenote, can someone please do my hair with the braids and ribbons as it is presented here? Watch out – I’m sporting that look on the next red carpet. So glam!


17
Sep 09

Missing! Fabric…please call if found

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Another hit…this week just keeps getting better and better!

Michael Kors knocked it out of the ballpark. Brilliant simplistic designs tweaked with slithers of fabric removed and replaced with a clear swatch of plastic.

So somewhere in New York there are remnants just ripe for the picking – £100 to anyone that can find them…only kidding.

I will be first in line for the little black number on the right. I believe Michael Kors really does love women and you get the feeling his work is done in a way in which the female body is displayed at its finest.

Just look at the angles of the revealing lines in the dresses. He concentrates on the small of the back, the belly button, the top of the thigh and the collar bone – all places men are known to ‘check out’ on the opposite sex. 

Kors understands this perfectly and manages to hit all these points while still giving his ladies a sense of dignity. Anyone can achieve the same look in a mini skirt and a crop top, but we all know the image you are giving off when you leave the house in that sort of getup.   

 


17
Sep 09

The red carpet is sorted by Marchesa

marchesa.jpgPicture this scene: Over one hundred stylists representing the top names on the red carpet and gala scene. All are in attendance at the Marchesa show waiting to see what the genius gown maker has in store for them this season. Twenty five designs are shown. Every single dress is red carpet ready. They are perfect in every way, shape and form. In fact this doesn’t get more ideal. Marchesa has always created gorgeous pieces but this season she has truly outdone herself.

Now have you ever been to the designer wedding dress sale in New York City? If not, I am sure you have at least heard about it. This is where even the classiest ladies from the Park tend to lose their cool and start using elbows to get what they want. One year I actually saw a women depart said location with a black eye, and her wedding dress safely tucked beneath her left arm. I have a feeling that this is what the scene will look like after the show with the stylists and their assistants rushing to get into Marchesa’s pocket first.

Well done Marchesa.  


17
Sep 09

Sweet Sui

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All the models seem to have marched straight out of the Sixties, having become a mixture of prep and flower child with straight shiny locks, minimal makeup and sensible shoes. The clashes in fabrics create wonderful texture within the outfit and her use of patterned hosiery with bright silk print dresses is brilliant.   


17
Sep 09

And the best skirt Oscar goes to….

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…None other than the Brazilian master Alexandre Herchcovitch. This skirt is Miro in motion. Paired with the perfect simple sheer top this is an outfit that will make you stand out and be remembered for generations to come. What a wonderful display of artistic talent and courage. 


16
Sep 09

Philosophy plays lip service…

philosophy.jpgPhilosophy, while maintaining a soft colour approach, rounded out their show with a wonderful lips focus. The dresses are fantastically futuristic.  They are gently bringing us into a new wave of fashion…or in other words, they aren’t shoving a new concept down our throats.

The lips on the fabrics are created on sheer textiles so that they are merging classic design with a faint step in another direction for fashion  Once again we see nudes as a major focus for the new season. 


16
Sep 09

You wear the dress, it doesn’t wear you!

rodriguez.jpgGame, Set, Match….another win for Narcisco Rodriguez. Yet again we see fabrics that flow. Are we seeing a theme for Spring/Summer 2010 or what? It’s all about loose, comfortable and smooth looks. Rodriguez – the man behind Michelle Obama‘s election night dress – drives this home while also incorporating small details allowing for a woman’s body to wear the dress rather than the dress wearing the woman.


16
Sep 09

Getting Nude with Malandrino

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That’s right…we are seeing a lot of nude on the catwalks again for the Spring/Summer season ahead. Although to be honest this is a colour that never goes out of style it only gets transformed with new patterns cut every season. And what wonderful patterns Catherine Malandrino – favourite of actress Anne Heche – cut for this year’s show.

Above I chose two dresses which I believe you will see again only this time it will be on a hollywood starlet who makes $15 million a movie rather than a model who makes $15 hundred for walking. I love how she has taken the one shoulder trend and used ruching and draping around the bodice to take it up a notch. This is what separates the professionals from the amateurs and I don’t think anyone will argue with me when I say Maladrino is on top of her game here.


16
Sep 09

Hello Dennis Basso!

basso.jpgThe entire show made me feel like I was sitting in the bedroom of one of the housewives from “Mad Men”…Dennis Basso you are LEGENDARY. What a fabulous collection of dresses. Silks, furs, taffeta…oh my!  If you are female and you aren’t immediately seduced by this collection then perhaps you should check your hormone levels for activity.  I just want to slip into the silk minidress and drape myself with the fur coat. Even the stockings (which we have seen on several other runways as well) are a throw back to the 1950’s with the lovely lace beige lace trim. Absolutely brilliant! The favourite, by miles, was the gold mini dress with the alligator skin bustier (first picture). Sign me up for regular shipments. I can’t wait to see what you do for the fall Dennis!


16
Sep 09

The Madness of Queen Betsey

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I have to tell you upfront that I have never been a huge fan of Betsey Johnson as a fashion designer. This is important to present before my review as you must know that I have an opinion formed before her show, which this year was more or less exactly what I expected it to be. 

Betsey Johnson is actually an artist. I know all fashion designers are, in their own right, artists as such. But Betsey’s creations are truly walking canvases. I do wonder if she actually plans on the clothes she designs being worn off the catwalk as they are displayed here. Surely this is not reality but some surreal lovely world where fashion, not fitting in, is all that matters. On the rare occasion I have seen women out in a Betsey Johnson vision I have always noticed one thing in particular…they exude confidence. You have to be one confident cookie to walk out of your house in a colour so bright it could lighten up an entire city block.  But I have always said “if you are going to wear it loud, wear it proud.” Betsey, I salute your artistic talent…I only wish I had the confidence to step out in one of your fantastic creations.

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